Peter A Allard School of Law

Erez Aloni

Associate Professor
LL.M, S.J.D. (Pennsylvania)


Erez Aloni’s primary research interests lie in the legal regulation of adult relationships and complex family structures. His work stages the family as an institution affected by a broad range of laws, norms, and economic structures; he is particularly interested in distributional results of legal regulation of the household and the intersection of private law with family law. Aloni’s projects have explored the emerging menu of options for legal recognition of relationships and whether they protect the interests of the economically weaker partner. Currently, he is seeking to unveil the connection between wealth inequality and laws regulating adult relationships. He has also written about the legal regulation of the on demand (often referred to as the “sharing”) economy.

Aloni’s articles have appeared in leading publications, and he frequently presents his work in diverse forums. Recently he has presented at Harvard Law School, Chicago Law School, Columbia Law School, and the UCLA School of Law. In 2017 he gave the keynote address at a symposium on the “sharing economy” organized by the University of Hawaiʻi Law Review, and presented at the annual conference of the University of Pennsylvania's Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism. He has also published in outlets such as the LA Times and the Guardian.

Aloni joined the Allard School of Law in 2017. Between August 2013 and June 2017, he served as an assistant professor at Whittier Law School, where he taught contracts and domestic relations. Previously, he was a fellow at the Center for Reproductive Rights and Columbia Law School. He received his LL.M. and S.J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he also taught a course on law and sexuality. In May 2017 he visited the Radzyner Law School at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, where he taught regulation of adult relationships.


  • Contracts
  • Family Law
  • Law and sexuality



Compulsory Conjugality, 53 Connecticut Law Review (2021)

First Comes Marriage, Then Comes Baby, Then Comes What Exactly?, 15 National Taiwan University L. Rev 49 (2020)

Introduction to Special Issue: Shifting Normativities, 32 Canadian J. of Family Law 229 (2019) (with Régine Tremblay)

The Marital Wealth Gap93 Wash. L. Rev. 1 (2018)
    Reviewed in Jotwell, The Journal of Things We Like (Lots), June 4, 2018, available at:

Capturing Excess in the On-Demand Economy, 39 U. Haw. L. Rev. 315 (2017) (invited symposium contribution)

Pluralizing the “Sharing” Economy, 91 Wash. L. Rev. 1397 (2016)

The Puzzle of Family Law Pluralism, 39 Harv. J. L & Gender 101 (2016)

Deprivative Recognition61 UCLA L. Rev. 1276 (2014)
    Reviewed in Jotwell, The Journal of Things We Like (Lots), July 25, 2014, available at:

Registering Relationships, 87 Tul. L. Rev. 573 (2013)
    Reprinted in 26 Minnesota Fam. L. J. 121 (2013)

Cloning and the LGBTI Family – Cautious Optimism, 35 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 1 (2011)

Incrementalism, Civil Unions and the Possibility of Predicting Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage, 18 Duke J. Gender L. & Pol’y 105 (2010)

Book Chapters

Legal and Policy Battles over Same-Sex Relationships in The Oxford Encyclopedia of LGBT Politics and Policy (Don Haider-Markel, Ed., University of Oxford Press., 2019) 

 Incrementalism in Same-sex Marriage Litigation, in Same-Sex Relationships, Law And Social Change (Frances Hamilton & Guido Noto La Diega, Eds., Routledge Glasshouse, 2019)

Pluralism and Regulatory Responses, in Cambridge Handbook of the Law of the Sharing Economy 143-155 (N. Davidson, M. Finck, J. Infranca, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2018)

The Trinity of Inequality: Wealth, Marriage, and Masculinity, in Citizenship on the Edge—Sex/ Gender/ Race (Nancy Hirschmann & Deborah Thomas eds., University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming, 2018)

Commentary on Obergefell v. Hodges, in Feminist Judgements: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court (K. Stanchi, L. Berger, B. Crawford, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2016)


Publications listed on the Law Library Faculty Research Publications Database

Erez Aloni Profile

Organization Affiliations

  • Centre for Feminist Legal Studies

Research Interests

  • Contract law
  • Family Law
  • Law, gender and sexuality

What are all of the diverse laws that together affect a family's composition and well-being, and how do those laws create effects - socioeconomic and otherwise - on society at large?

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