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Gilat Bachar

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law


Gilat Bachar is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Villanova School of Law. Before joining Villanova Law, Bachar was a research fellow with the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession at Stanford Law School, and was honored with a Stanford Law School Postgraduate International Public Interest Fellowship.

Bachar graduated with a JSD (doctorate) from Stanford Law in 2018, where her research was awarded, among other honors, the American Society of Comparative Law Colin B. Picker Prize, the Richard S. Goldsmith Writing Prize for Best Paper in Dispute Resolution, and the Carl Mason Franklin Prize for Best Paper in International Law. Gilat also holds an LL.B. in Law, and an M.B.A. in Business Administration, both summa cum laude, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  Bachar’s work, which was published in journals such as Cardozo Law Review, Chicago Journal of International Law, SMU Law Review, and University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, uses empirical research methods to study the role of monetary compensation laws in relation to social institutions and competing norms, including how individuals seeking compensation and their taste for government accountability and social change (or lack thereof) shape the application of the law. Bachar employs a mixed methods approach, relying on experiments, semi-structured interviews, and surveys of disputants, judicial opinions, and other documents.

Prior to coming to Stanford, Bachar clerked for the Israeli Chief Justice and worked as an associate in one of Israel’s leading litigation firms. During her time at Stanford, alongside serving as a teaching assistant for 11 different law school and undergraduate courses, Bachar also taught a core course as a Visiting Lecturer with UC Santa Cruz’s Legal Studies Program. 

Practice Experience

  • Legal Fellow (Litigation), Center for Justice & Accountability (San Francisco) (2018-19). Prepared for and participated in a civil jury trial in ED VA (incl. drafting pre-trial motions and deposition outlines, preparing witnesses and outlining expert reports).
  • Associate, S. Horowitz & Co. Law Office (Tel Aviv) (2010-12). Specialized in dispute resolution. Represented corporate clients in appellate civil litigation.
  • Law Clerk, Supreme Court of Israel (Jerusalem) (2009-10). Clerked for Chief Justice Dorit Beinisch, President of the Supreme Court.
  • Legal Intern, Criminal Department, State Attorney Office (Jerusalem) (2008-09). Conducted research and drafted pleadings for Supreme Court hearings.
Visiting Assistant Professor Gilat Bachar

Office: Rm 240 Law School Building
Phone: 610-519-5622
Fax: 610-519-6837


Courses and Seminars

  • Contracts
  • Dispute Resolution


Hebrew University of Jerusalem, LLB 

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, MBA 

Stanford Law, JSD