Professor Eyal Benvenisti

Fellow, C. C. Ng Fellow in Law
University Positions
Whewell Professor of International Law
Specialising in
International Law

Eyal Benvenisti is Whewell Professor of International Law and a Director of Studies in Law at Jesus College.

Academic interests

Eyal’s areas of research and teaching are international law, constitutional law, and administrative law. He is an Associate Member, Institut de droit international (2011). He is on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of International Law, and International Law in Domestic Courts.

Degrees obtained

  • LLB, Hebrew U.
  • LLM, Yale.
  • JSD, Yale.

Awards and prizes

Professor Benvenisti is the recipient of several prizes including the Humboldt Research Award and the Francis Deak Prize.


Eyal Benvenisti was Anny and Paul Yanowicz Professor of Human Rights, Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law (from 2002) and Hersch Lauterpacht Professor of Law at the Hebrew University (from 1990).

He was Global Professor of Law at New York University School of Law (since 2003) and a Visiting Professor at Yale, Harvard, Toronto, Columbia, Pennsylvania, Michigan. In 2013 he gave a special course at The Hague Academy of International Law.

He is Project Director for the 'GlobalTrust – Sovereigns as Trustees of Humanity' research project, funded by an European Research Council advanced grant.

Eyal’s research focuses mainly on the interface between domestic and international law, assessing the extent to which the international affects the domestic and vice versa. The study of the decision making processes within global regulatory bodies and their impact on democracy at the state level is one example for Eyal’s research, the study of how and why domestic courts engage with courts in other countries is another.

Eyal’s most recent study focuses on the duties that states have toward distant strangers. This work seeks to address questions such as whether states have a moral or legal obligation to take into account the interests of foreign individuals and communities who could be adversely affected by the states’ activities. 

Should national legislators and government agencies integrate foreign stakeholders into their decision making processes, the way you would your own citizens? Must states share with strangers their scarce national resources and in general contribute to global welfare?

Other interests

Reading, traveling.

Publications, links and resources

Eyal’s most recent publications include:

  • The Law of Global Governance, in the Collected Courses of The Hague Academy of International Law, 2014Also issued also as a pocket book in the Hague Academy series.
  • The International Law of Occupation, Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • War is Governance: Explaining the Logic of the Laws of War from a Principal-Agent Perspective, Michigan Law Review, 112, 1363, with Amichai Cohen, 2014.
  • Sovereigns as Trustees of Humanity: On the Accountability of States to Foreign Stakeholders, American Journal of International Law, 107, 295, 2013.

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