Meet our JSD Students and Candidates

Yael Lifshitz Goldberg

Dissertation Title: Rethinking Our Renewables: Who Owns the Wind?

Doctoral Committee: Professor Katrina Wyman (Supervisor), Professor Lewis Kornhauser, Dean Emeritus Richard Revesz


Yael is a doctoral candidate at NYU School of Law and a Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law Fellow (non-resident). Her academic interests include Energy Law and Policy, Environmental Law and Policy, Property Law and Theory and Law and Economics. Her recent work was presented at the American Law and Economics Association annual conference.

Yael graduated from NYU School of Law in 2012 (LLM '12, Environmental Law), receiving the Environmental Law prize. Yael attended NYU as an Arthur T. Vanderbilt scholar (merit-based, full tuition). During her time at NYU, Yael was also a Scholar-in-Residence with the Tikvah center, and was awarded the Israel Institute doctoral fellowship. Prior to joining NYU, Yael graduated, magna cum laude, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (LLB ’09), from the interdisciplinary Law and Education program, where she was awarded the Ted Miller prize for distinction in interdisciplinary studies, Dean’s Honors award for academic excellence, and the Israeli Prime Minister’s grant.

Yael served as a senior law clerk on the Israeli Supreme Court, for both Hon. Deputy Chief Justice Eliezer Rivlin and Hon. Justice Uzi Vogelman. She is a member of the Israeli bar.


Yael’s research is at the intersection of energy, environmental and property law. Her doctoral project explores the practices of harvesting an increasingly important source of energy – wind. Although wind is renewable, harvesting the kinetic energy locked within the wind leaves less energy available for others. Building on this core insight, her work explores the regimes that are used to manage the valuable airborne kinetic energy. Drawing on her research into wind energy, Yael also studies broader notions in both environmental law and property law.

Academic Publications

Rethinking Original Ownership, U. Toronoto L.J. (forthcoming) (2016). 

Winds of Change: Drawing on Water Law Doctrines to Establish Wind Law, 23 N.Y.U. Envtl. L.J. 434 (2015)

Gone with the Wind? The Potential Tragedy of the Common Wind, 28 UCLA J. Envtl. L. & Pol’y 435 (2010).

Select Select Scholarly Presentations

Rethinking Original Ownership, American Law & Economics Association Annual Meeting, Columbia Law School, New York, 2015. Discussant: Henry Smith, Fessenden Professor of Law, Harvard Law School.

In the Shadow of the Wind, NYU School of Law J.S.D. Forum, New York, 2014. Commentator: Richard Revesz, Lawrence King Professor, Dean Emeritus, NYU School of Law.

Rethinking Our Renewables; Who Owns the Wind?, Annual Meeting of the Association for Law, Property, and Society held in University British Columbia Faculty of Law, Vancouver, 2014.

This Land Is My Land This Wind Is My Wind, The Nexus Between Wind Rights and Landownership, NYU School of Law J.S.D. Forum, New York, 2014. Commentator: Professor Christopher Sprigman, NYU School of Law.

Who Owns the Wind?, Yale Law School 3rd Doctoral Scholarship Conference, New Heavan, 2013.

Renewable Regimes, NYU School of Law J.S.D. Forum, New York, 2013. Commentator: Vicki Been, Boxer Family Professor, NYU School of Law.

Orphan Works, 3rd WIPO Seminar on Intellectual Property and Creative Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in the Digital Environment, Geneva, 2010.      

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