Michal Buchhandler-Raphael Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Phone: 540-458-8375

Email: buchhandlerraphaelm@wlu.edu

Office: 473 Lewis Hall 

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Area of Expertise

Criminal Law; Family Law; The Criminal Regulation of Vice


LLB, 1995, Hebrew University

LLM, 1999, Hebrew University

LLM, 2007, University of Virginia

SJD, 2010, University of Virginia


Prof. Buchhandler-Raphael's research and teaching interests include: criminal law, in particular the justifications for imposing criminal sanctions and various aspects of the overcriminalization problem, the criminal regulation of vice (victimless crimes), family law, freedom of speech and law and gender and sexuality.

Prior to obtaining her doctorate degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2010, Prof. Buchhandler-Raphael has worked for nine years as an attorney for the Israel National Police.

Recent Publications

Fear-Based Provocation, 67 American University Law Review 1719 (2018)

The Conundrum of Voluntary Intoxication and Sex, 82 Brooklyn Law Review 1031 (2017)

Breaking the Chain of Command Culture: A Call For An Independent Investigative Body To Curb Sexual Assaults in the Military, 29 Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society 341 (2015)

Overcriminalizing Speech, 36 Cardozo Law Review 1667 (2015)

Drugs, Dignity and Danger: Human Dignity as a Constitutional Constraint to Limit Overcriminalization. Tennessee Law Review, Vol. 80, 2013

What's Terrorism Got to Do with It? The Perils of Prosecutorial Misuse of Terrorism Offenses. Florida State University Law Review, Vol. 39, Summer 2012

The Failure of Consent: Re-Conceptualizing Rape as Sexual Abuse of Power. Michigan Journal of Gender and Law, Vol. 18, No. 1, May 2011

Sexual Abuse of Power. University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 21, p. 77, 2010

Criminalizing Coerced Submission in the Workplace and in the Academy. Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, Vol. 19, p. 409, 2010