Meital Pinto

Meital Pinto
Israel Institute Visiting Associate Professor
Research Interests: Multiculturalism, Linguistic Policy, Gender Relations, Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and Law and Gender

Dr. Pinto is a senior lecturer at the Zefat Academic College, School of Law, and the Ono Academic College, Faculty of Law in Israel. She is also a teaching fellow at the faculty of law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Dr. Pinto has S.J.D. (2009) and LL.M. (2005) from the University of Toronto, and LL.B degree (2003) in Law and Government from Reichman University (IDC) Herzliya, Israel (Magna cum Laude). Prior to her graduate studies Dr. Pinto served as a law clerk to Justice Asher Grunis of the Israeli Supreme Court, the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel.

Dr. Pinto’s research focuses on the issues of discrimination, minority rights within multicultural societies (especially language rights and religious freedom), including rights of minorities within minorities, and gender aspects of shaming.

Dr. Pinto is currently working on two projects. The first is a book project, the purpose of which is shedding light on different ways in which linguistic conflicts are handled at the constitutional level, with an eye to drawing legal and normative principles for linguistic legal practices. The second is an edited volume on legal aspects of shaming.

Among her recent publications are: “Arbitrariness as Discrimination” 34(2) The Canadian Journal of Law And Jurisprudence 391-415 (2021)"; “The Impact of the Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People on the Status of the Arabic Language in Israel” (forthcoming in the Minnesota Journal of International Law); “Gender Quotas and the Parity Paradigm in Israel” in Women And Legal Pluralism: Extending Parity Governance?  (Oxford University Press, 2018); "The Right to Culture, the Right to Dispute, and the Right to Exclude: A New Perspective on Minorities within Minorities" 28 Ratio Juris 521-539 (2015); "Taking Language Rights Seriously" 25 King's Law Journal (Hart Publishing) 231-254 (2014); "Philosophy of Language Policy" in Bernard Spolsky ed., The Cambridge Handbook of Language Policy 37-58 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012) (With Denise Réaume); "What Are Offences to Feelings Really about? A New Regulative Principle for the Multicultural Era, 30(4) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 695 (2010); “On the Intrinsic Value of Arabic in Israel - Challenging Kymlicka on Language Rights” 20(1) The Canadian Journal Of Law & Jurisprudence 143-172 (2007).