Prof. Eyal Zamir

Prof. Eyal Zamir
Augusto Levi Professor of Commercial Law; Center for Empirical Studies of Decision Making and the Law
02-5882548; 02-5823845

Fields of Interest:

Contract and Commercial Law and Theory; Economic and Behavioral Analysis of Law; Law and Normative Ethics; Empirical Legal Studies.


Eyal Zamir is Augusto Levi Professor of Commercial Law at the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He served as dean of the Faculty of Law (2002-05), and chaired or served as a member of several national and university committees. His fields of interest include contract and commercial law and theory, economic and behavioral analysis of law, law and normative ethics, and empirical legal studies.

Prof. Zamir’s has visited various institutions, including Harvard Law School, 1990-91 (visiting researcher); Yale Law School, 1996-97 (visiting scholar); NYU School of Law, 2005-06 (senior global research fellow); University of Georgetown Law Center, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2012 (visiting professor); UCLA School of Law, Fall 2010 (visiting professor); University of Zürich, April 2011 (visiting professor); Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena (July 2012) (visiting professor); and Center for Transnational Legal Studies, London, Fall 2015 (professor).

Prof. Zamir has written twelve books, co-edited three books, and published more than fifty articles. Among his books: Law, Economics, and Morality (OUP, 2010, with B. Medina); The Oxford Handbook of Behavioral Economics and the Law (OUP, 2014, co-edited with D. Teichman); Law, Psychology, and Morality: The Role of Loss Aversion (OUP, 2015). Representative articles include "Private Claims to Property Rights in the Future Israeli-Palestinian Settlement," 89 Am. J. Int’l L. 295 (1995) (with E. Benvenisti); "The Inverted Hierarchy of Contract Interpretation and Supplementation," 97 Colum. L. Rev. 801 (1997); "The Efficiency of Paternalism," 84 Va. L. Rev. 229 (1998); "The Missing Interest: Restoration of the Contractual Equivalence," 93 Va. L. Rev. 59 (2007); "Law, Morality, and Economics: Integrating Moral Constraints with Economic Analysis of Law," 96 Calif. L. Rev. 323 (2008, with B. Medina); "Revisiting the Debate over Attorneys' Contingent Fees: A Behavioral Analysis," 39 J. Legal Stud. 245 (2010, with I. Ritov); "Loss Aversion, Omission Bias, and the Burden of Proof in Civil Litigation," 41 J. Legal Stud. 165 (2012, with I. Ritov); "Contract Law and Theory – Three Views of the Cathedral," 81 U. Chi. L. Rev. 2077 (2014); and "Affirmative Action and other Group Tradeoff Policies: Identifiability of the Adversely Affected People," 125 Org. Behavior & Human Decision Processes 50 (2014, with I. Ritov).

Zamir has won numerous awards and fellowships, including the Y. Sussman Law Prize (1988); Rothschild Fellowship for advanced studies (1990-91); Fulbright Researcher Award (1990-91); Yigal Alon Fellowship (1991-94); The Hebrew University President's Prize for Excellent Young Scholar, named after Yoram Ben Porat (1994, first recipient); the Zeltner Prize (for Senior Scholar, 2011); the Rector Prize for Excellence in Research, Teaching, and Participation in the Life of the Academic Community (2013); and Justice Shneor Zalman Cheshin Prize for Academic Excellence in Law (for senior scholar) (2014).

Detailed CV and list of publications

Fields of Interest