Reviving Regionalism

Date: January 29, 2019 (Tuesday)
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Venue: Academic Conference Room, 11/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower, the University of Hong Kong

Speaker: Professor Issachar Rosen-Zvi (Professor of law & Vice Dean, Tel Aviv University’s Buchman Faculty of Law)


More than one hundred U.S. executive departments and agencies operate through systems of regional offices strategically located around the country. Currently, these regions are viewed, misguidedly, as mere enforcers and implementers of central policies. The study propose two alternative visions of federal regions—regions as mediators, and regions as coordinators. These two visions have deep roots in the rich but forgotten history of American public administration.

The study calls for a revival of federal regions as mediators and coordinators. It argues that when regions live up to their potential, they inject a much needed dose of democracy into the bureaucracy, improve the coordination among federal departments and agencies, and serve as a powerful check on presidential overreach. As mediators, federal regions mediate between central headquarters on the one hand, and state and local governments on the other hand. Their proximity to the states and regulated populations and industries enables regional offices to counter the democratic deficit that plagues American bureaucracy.

This innovative understanding of federal regions gives rise to a promising alternative to both the centralizing-national vision and the state-centered vision of American federalism.

About the speaker: Professor Rosen-Zvi is a professor of law and the Vice Dean at Tel Aviv University’s Buchman Faculty of Law. Professor Rosen-Zvi obtained his LL.B. degree (magna cum laude) from Bar-Ilan University, his LL.M. degree in law and sociology from Tel Aviv University (summa cum laude) and continued his studies at Stanford Law School, where he received his doctorate in June 2002. After graduation, Professor Rosen-Zvi clerked for the Honorable Chief Justice Aharon Barak of the Israel Supreme Court and practiced law at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP in New York. His research areas include civil procedure, administrative law, local government law and environmental law. He published articles in prestigious law reviews, including Stanford Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Cornell Law Review and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. He is also the author of the book TAKING SPACE SERIOUSLY (Ashgate, 2004) which explores the different ways in which a multicultural state deals with various social groups through the mechanisms of space.

All are welcome! Please register here: