Ariel Porat is the Alain Poher Professor of Law, and the president of Tel Aviv University (2019-present). He is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and the EMET Prize Laureate (2014). In 2002-2006, he was the Dean of Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law.
From 2003 until his appointment as the president of the university, he was also an Associate Member and Fischel-Neil Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. In addition, he was a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Berkeley, Columbia, New York, Stanford, Toronto and Virginia.
He is a member of the American Law Institute, a former board member of the American Law and Economics Association and a former president of the Israeli Law and Economics Association. From 1997-2002, he was the Director of the Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law.
He is the founder of the journal Theoretical Inquiries in Law and was its editor in chief in the years 1999-2003. He is the author of several books including Tort Liability under Uncertainty (Oxford University Press, 2001) (with Alex Stein), Getting Incentives Right (Princeton University Press, 2014) (with Robert Cooter) and Personalized Law: Different Rules for Different People (Oxford University Press, 2021) (with Omri Ben-Shahar).
He also authored numerous articles mainly in torts and contracts, most recently "The Restoration Remedy in Private Law" 119 Columbia Law Review 1901 (2018) (with Omri Ben-Shahar); "Limited Inalienability Rules," 107 Georgetown Law Journal 701 (2019) (with Stephen Sugarman); "Personalizing Mandatory Rules in Contract Law" 86 University of Chicago Law Review 255 (2019) (with Omri Ben-Shahar); "Free Speech and Cheap Talk" 11 Journal of Legal Analysis 46 (2019) (with Daniel Hemel), “Disclosures Rules in Contract Law” 49 Journal of Legal Studies 103 (2020) (with O. Bar-Gill) and “Tort Liability and the Risk of Discriminatory Government” 87 University of Chicago Law Review 1 (2020) (with Ehud Guttel).