Yonathan A. Arbel

Visiting Assistant Professor


Dr. Yonathan A. Arbel is an expert on the enforcement of contracts and commercial obligations.  He joined Villanova after a postdoctoral fellowship in private law at Harvard Law School, where he was also the managing editor of the New Private Law Blog. Prior to his postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Arbel was an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics as well as a teaching fellow at Harvard Law School, advising students on private law. Dr. Arbel’s work covers contracts, commercial law, torts, and consumer law, and he uses economic, sociological, and empirical analysis to study and illuminate the implications of enforcement for substantive law. His work was published, or currently being considered for publication, in law reviews, peer review journals, and books. He presented his work in numerous fora, including the American Law and Economics Conference, Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Law and Economics seminar at Harvard Law School, and the Law and Society Conference.

In addition to his academic background, Dr. Arbel co-founded an international consultancy that consults governments and big companies on policy design in private and commercial law. In this role, he appeared in parliamentary hearings, drafted research reports, and led a team of lawyers and law firms in 28 countries in the largest study to date on cross-border mergers in the EU.

Dr. Arbel graduated from Harvard Law School’s doctoral program, where he wrote his dissertation on enforcement in private law. He holds a master’s degree from Stanford Law School, and an LL.B. degree in law and humanities from the Hebrew University in Israel, summa cum laude.  

Practice Experience

  • Policy consultant and co-founder, Lexidale, International Policy Consulting
  • Workshop on Contracts, Debt, and Default, Harvard Law School
  • Instructor, Economic Analysis of Contract Law, Harvard Department of Economics
  • Clerk, Israel Supreme Court
Visiting Assistant Professor Yonathan Arbel

Office: TBA

Phone: 617-575-9662


Courses and Seminars:

  • Contracts
  • Advanced Contracts Seminar


Harvard Law School, SJD

Stanford Law School, JSM

Hebrew University, LL.B. in Law and Humanities (summa cum laude)