SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
The Tortious Liability of States for Combatant Activities
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Haim Abraham is a Vanier Scholar and a Doctor of Juridical Science Candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. In his current research, he examines states’ moral and legal obligations to compensate non-combatants who suffered wrongful losses during belligerent activities. He received a Master of Laws degree from the University of Cambridge, and a Bachelor degree in Law and in Humanities (magna cum laude) from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he was on the editorial board of the Israel Law Review. Before returning to academia, he served as a law clerk in the Israel State Attorney Office, Civil Department .

Haim’s research and teaching interests include tort law and theory, international humanitarian law, and gender and sexuality law. He  organized several conferences, including, most recently, the ‘Private Law Junior Scholars Conference’ and the ‘State Accountability under Private, Public, and International Law Conference’.

University of Toronto – SJD Candidate (2015-Present)
University of Cambridge – LL.M (Commercial) (2015)
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel – LL.B. Magna Cum Laude (2013)
Awards and Distinctions
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2017-2020)
University of Toronto Faculty of Law Doctoral Fellowship (2015-17)
Winkler International Human Rights Fellowship (2016)
The Law and Medicine Society Award for Outstanding Paper on "Parenting, Surrogacy, and the State" (2014)
Lord Woolf Award (2014)
Faculty of Law Award for outstanding academic achievements and community activity (2011)
Dean’s List (2011)
Professional Affiliations
Law and Philosophy Group
Israeli Bar
Selected Publications


Haim Abraham, Tort Liability for Belligerent Wrongs, 39(4) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 808-833 (2019).

Haim Abraham, A Family Is What You Make It? Legal Recognition and Regulation of Multiple Parents 25:4 American University Journal of Gender, Public Policy, and the Law 405-444 (2017). 

Haim Abraham, Parenting, Surrogacy, and the State 9 Hebrew University Journal on Legislation 171-209 (2017). (Hebrew)

Haim Abraham, Exempting Corporations from Court FeesBetween Corporate law and Civil Procedure Haifa University Law Journal 50-62 (2015) (Hebrew)

Refereed Chapters in Books:

Tamar Gidron and Haim Abraham, Hate Speech and the LGBT Community, in LGBT Rights in Israel: Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation and the Law 971-1004 (2016). (Hebrew)


Haim Abraham, Awarding Punitive Damages Against Foreign States Is Dangerous and Counterproductive, Lawfare, March 1, 2019.

Haim Abraham, Discrimination in the Fight Against Terror: Israeli Court Applies Jewish Nation-State Law, in Just Security September 21, 2018

Haim Abraham, Trump’s Misguided Logic for Bombing Syria, in The Toronto Star April 7, 2017

Haim Abraham, Expect More Civilian Deaths with Trump's New Combat Rulesin The Toronto Star August 22, 2017

Haim Abraham, Same-sex Adoption? Still a No-go in Israel, in Haaretz September 5, 2017

Research Interests
Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law
Family Law
Legal Ethics
Legal Theory
Sexuality and the Law
Tort Law and Tort Theory
Committee Members