Yael Kafri

School of Education
ביה"ס לחינוך עמית הוראה


Prof. Yishai Blank, Prof. Dan Gibton



Yael is a cause-lawyer in the field of children rights and educational policy. She instructs academic courses at the Constantiner School of Education in TAU. Prior to her PhD studies she worked for governmental committees and NGOs, advocating educational law-based reforms, migrating children rights, special education interests, free access and minority groups' rights in education. Her PhD research program, guided by Prof. Yishai Blank and Prof. Dan Gibton, is titled "Legal Regulation of Education Policy, Designed By Public-Private Partnerships". The research quests the legal consequences of collaborative policy design, when the sovereign power as the guardian of the public interest governs together with philanthropist private organizations. It proposes to apply policy analysis evidence to the legal reasoning of self regulation on the one hand and to the equity and rights' discourse on the other, in order to improve our understanding of educational policy under new-governance terms.




2015:   PhD Candidate, Buchman Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University.

Research proposal title: "Legal Regulation of Education Policy Designed By Public-Private Partnerships". Mentors: Prof. Yishai Blank, Prof. Dan Gibton.

2002:   LLB, Buchman Faculty of Law , Tel Aviv University

2001:   M.A., Education Policy, (cum laude). Constantiner School of Education, Tel Aviv University.  Thesis: "The Legal Status of the of the Ultra-Orthodox Educational Autonomy as a Policy Issue".   Supervisors: Prof. Avner Ben Amos, Prof. Dan Gibton

1993:   B.A., Philosophy (cum Laude), Tel Aviv University.

Academic and Professional Experience:

Academic Courses Instruction, TAU: Legal Aspects of Education Policy (M.A. Program, Constantiner School of Education); Legal Aspects of Civic Studies (Teaching Certificate Program, Constantiner School of Education). (2007-2015)

National Academy, The Initiative for Applied Educational Research: Ministry of Education appointed committee on school – family relationship in a changing world. (2013-2015).

The Legal Clinic for Human Rights, Buchman Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University, academic instruction of the right-to-education cases. (2011 – 2012).

Public Interest Law Program, Buchman Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University: Coordination of the Education Law Project. Legal Policy counseling for educational NGOs. (2007- 2012)

Legislation counseling experience, Committees and White-Papers:  State Accountability for Public Education Act (2012), Teachers' Act white paper (2007 approved 1st call in the Knesset)the Public Education Act white paper (2005, submitted and approved by the Government, not enacted)Equity and Quality in Education Act white paper (2002, submitted to the Ministry of Justice, brought since 5 times to call in the Knesset, not enacted).

Research Interests:

Education law, public policy, privatization, children's' rights, human rights.


Bialik, G., Kafri, Y. and Livneh, I. (2013): Does Everyone Want Social Justice? Conflicting School Governance Perspectives regarding Social Justice. Journal of Educational Policy (eJEP), Northern Arizona University, spring 2013.

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