Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law


  • Professional Experience:
    Tamar Hostovsky Brandes is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at Ono Academic College’s Faculty of Law, in Israel. She earned her J.S.D and LL.M (cum laude) degrees from Columbia Law School, where she was a Finkelstein Fellow, and her LL.B (magna cum laude) from Tel-Aviv University. She teaches and researches in the areas of international and constitutional law, focusing on the intersection between international law and domestic law, and on the intersection of law and political theory. In fall 2018 she was a Short-Term International Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School. Her latest article, “International Law in Domestic Courts in an Era of Populism” is forthcoming in the International Journal of Constitutional Law.  Prior to joining Ono Academic College, Tamar was an associate in the business transactions department at Schulte, Roth and Zabel LLP, and an adjunct professor at the Ms. Program in Global Affairs at NYU.
  • Education:

2009 J.S.D., Columbia University School of Law.

2003 LL.M., Columbia University School of Law.

2001 LL.B., Magna Cum Laude, Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University.

  • Subjects Taught:
  • Research Interests:
    Public International Law, Private International Law


  • Publications:
    1. International Law in Domestic Courts in an Era of Populism (International Journal of Constitutional Law, forthcoming).
    1. On the Relationship Between International Human Rights Law and Constitutional Law in Israel, 31(3) MECHKAREI MISHPAT (2018) (Law Studies, Bar-Ilan University), (Hebrew, peer-reviewed).
  1. International Law and the Legislation Process in Israel, CHUKIM (Laws, the Hebrew University) (Hebrew, peer-reviewed, forthcoming 2018).
  1. Law, Citizenship and Social Solidarity: Israel’s “Loyalty-Citizenship” Laws as a Test Case, 6(1) POLITICS, GROUPS AND IDENTITIES 39 (2018).
  2. “No Citizenship Without Loyalty”: on Loyalty, Citizenship and Social Solidarity in Israel HAMERCHAV HAZIBURI (The Public Sphere, Tel-Aviv University, 2016) (published also as “Citizenship, Loyalty and Social Solidarity: The Loyalty Discourse in Israel and the Legitimatization of Discrimination” in CONDITIONAL CITIZENSHIP (Van Leer and University of Haifa Press, 2016))
  1. Human Dignity as a Central Pillar in Constitutional Rights Jurisprudence in Israel: Definitions and Parameters, in ISRAELI CONSTITUTIONAL LAW IN THE MAKING (Sapir, Barak-Erez & Barak ed., Hart Publishing, 2013)
  1. Controlling the Execution of a Security Council Mandate to Use Force: Does the Council Need a Lawyer? 36 FORDHAM INTERTANTIONAL LAW JOURNAL 657 (2013) (with Ariel Zemach).


  1. Separate and Different: Single-Sex Education and the Quest for Equality, 45(2) ISRAEL LAW REVIEW 235 (peer-reviewed, 2012).
  1. Between Vowels and Values: Education in Religious Communities, 1 JOURNAL OF LAW, RELIGION AND STATE 117 (peer-reviewed, 2012).
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