Abraham Bell

Professor of Law

  • SJD, 2004, Harvard University
  • JD, 1993, University of Chicago
  • BA, 1989, University of Chicago

Areas of Expertise

Professor Bell teaches and writes in the areas of property, copyright, international law, and economic analysis of law.

Professional Experience

Bell clerked for Justice Mishael Cheshin of the Supreme Court of Israel and for the High Court of Justice Department within the Israeli State Attorney’s office. He was a visiting professor at the University of Connecticut Law School and Fordham University Law School. He is a member of the faculty of law at Bar Ilan University. Professor Bell joined the USD School of Law faculty in 2009.

Honors and Affiliations

Bell served as an editor for the University of Chicago Law Review. At the University of Chicago, he won the Mulroy Prize for Excellence in Apellate Advocacy with Distinction. He was named an Alon Fellow by the Israeli Council for Higher Education in 2006. Bell is a member of the Order of the Coif.

Key Works

Bell’s publications include "A Critique of the Goldstone Report and its Treatment of International Humanitarian Law" in 104 Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law 79 (2010); "The Hidden Function of Takings Compensation" in 96 Virginia Law Review 1974 (with Parchomovsky) (2010); "Private Takings" in 76 University of Chicago Law Review 517 (2009); "Reconfiguring Property in Three Dimensions" in 75 University of Chicago Law Review 1015 (2008) (with Parchomovsky); "The Uselessness of Public Use" in 106 Columbia Law Review 1412 (2006) (with Parchomovsky); and "Givings" in 111 Yale Law Journal 547 (2001) (with Parchomovsky).

Spring 2015 Classes

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Contact Information

Legal Research Center 311
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) (619) 260-7519

Online Resources

Publications on SSRN


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(619) 260-2320

Open Office Hours

Day of Week Time
Tue 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Tue 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Thu 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.