Crime Group

The Jerusalem Crime Group is an interdisciplinary forum drawing together scholars from law and the social sciences with a strong interest in research and policy in the field of criminal justice. The group was established to encourage serious cross-disciplinary engagement with complex law enforcement challenges, and as a vehicle for developing critical and innovative academic and policy analysis of core problems facing the criminal justice system. Drawing on its members’ expertise in legal theory, criminal law, criminology, sociology, psychology and research methods, the Group provides a unique forum for critically examining problems that span law and the various social sciences. The Group also encourages engagement between academia and practice by inviting contributions from theoretically minded practitioners, who draw on extensive practical experience with the operation of the criminal justice system. Working papers written by members of the Group and with its support are circulated and discussed by the forum. Papers funded by the Group and discussed in this forum have been published in leading journals in their respective fields.


The group meets to discuss its members’ works in progress. Past meetings were devoted to issues such as white-collar crime, speech-related offences, “sentencing lotteries,” the art of the interview in criminology, and Israel’s recent sentencing guideline reform. The group also welcomes foreign criminal law and criminology scholars to take part in its activities.


In June, 2015 the Group will conduct a two-day  international conference, bringing together scholars from around the world to discuss “Effective Law Enforcement Initiatives,” with a focus on empirically-based research.


The Group’s activities are generously supported by the Lord Taylor Fund, established by the British Friends of the Hebrew University Law School.


The forum is co-chaired by Dr. Barak Ariel (Criminology: and Dr. Binyamin Blum (Law:


No. Title Author
1 Good for What Purpose?: Social Science, Race and Proportionality Review in New Jersey Prof. David Weisbrud
2 The regulation of speech: a normative investigation of criminal law prohibitions of speech Prof. Alon Harel

Breach of Public Trust - Should it be a Crime?

Prof. Miri Gur-Arye
4 On Hate and Equality Prof. Alon Harel and Gideon Parchomovsky
5 Crime and the perception of social stress and solidarity: the role of education Prof. Simha F. Landau
6 A Failure to Prevent Crime-Should it be criminal? Prof. Miri Gur-Arye
7 Can Freedom of Expression Survive Social Trauma? The Israeli Experience Prof. Miri Gur-Arye
8 Reliance on a Lawyer's Mistaken Advice-Should it be an Excuse from Criminal Liability? Prof. Miri Gur-Arye
9 Senior Public Figure Offenders and the Criminal Justice System: The Public's Perception Prof. Simha F. Landau, Prof. Leslie Sebba and Prof. David Weisbrud
10 Child Protection or Child Liberation? Reflections on the Movement to Ban Physical Punishment by Parents and Educators Prof. Leslie Sebba