Criminal Law

miri gur arye

Prof. Miriam Gur-Arye

Judge Basil Wunsh Chair of Criminal Law
Room 222
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Miriam Gur-Arye is a Full Professor at the Hebrew University Law School where she holds the Judge Basil Wunsh chair of criminal law. She obtained an Ll.B. degree (first in class) and Dr. Jur. at the Hebrew University (summa cum laude). She clerked for the (then) president of the Israeli Supreme Court, Yoel Sussman, before becoming a member of the Israeli Bar Association. Professor Gur-Arye’s primary area of research and teaching is Substantive Criminal Law. She has published extensively, including a book on “actio libera in causa in criminal law”. Her many articles, focus on the theoretical foundations of the criminal law, criminal law defences, constitutional constraints on criminalization, the impact of moral panic on the criminal law, and sentencing disparities between ethnic groups from empirical perspective. She has received numerous awards and prizes, including, Sussman Prize for Best Legal Publication of the Year, Israel Bar Association Prize for Unique Academic Achievements, Cheshin Prize for Excellent Academic Achievements. Professor Gur-Arye has been a visiting scholar/processor at the University College, Oxford, England; University of California Berkeley, USA; New York University, NY, USA; King's College, London UK; CTLS (Center for Transnational Legal Studies), London, England (once as co-director). She was elected twice to conduct a research at the Israeli Institute of Advance Studies (once as a research group organizer). Professor Gur-Arye has held many senior academic and administrative positions at the Hebrew University, among which are Authority for Research Students in Humanities, Social Sciences and Law (Chair); Sacher Institute for Legislative Research (Director); Vice-Dean; Vice-Rector; Selection and Appointment Committee, Faculty of Law (Chair);) Hebrew University Committee for Academic Policy; Hebrew University Steering Committee (Senate representative); Hebrew University Highest Promotions Committee; Hebrew University Professorial Promotions Committee.



 LL.B. Faculty of Law, Hebrew University (first in class) (1975) 

D. Jur. Faculty of Law, Hebrew University (summa cum laude) (1981) 


Representative publications

A Book

Actio Libera in Causa in Criminal Law, (Harry Sacher Institute, Hebrew University, Jerusalem 1984) 103 pp. (in English)


Articles in refereed journals

"Justifying the Distinction between Justifications and Power", 5JOURNAL OF CRIMINAL LAW AND PHILOSOPHY293-313 (2011)

“Human Dignity of Offenders: a Limitation on Substantive Criminal Law”, 6 Journal of Criminal Law and Philosophy 187-205 (2012)

"The Impact of Moral Panic on the Criminal Justice System – Hit-and-Run Traffic Offenses as a Case Study", 20(2) New Criminal Law Review, 309-353 (2017)

"The Legitimacy of Judicial Responses to Moral Panic: Perceived vs. Normative Legitimacy", 37(2) CRIMINAL  JUSTICE ETHICS  2018 

"Social Solidarity and Sentencing Disparities between Ethnic Groups: The Case of Hit-and-Run Traffic Offenses" (with Roni Factor) 17(1) JOURNAL OF EMPIRICAL LEGAL STUDIES 164–185, (March 2020). DOI:10.1111/jels.12245


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Ehud Guttel

Prof. Ehud Guttel

Bora Laskin Chair in Law
Room 129
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Ehud Guttel is the Bora Laskin Professor of Law, and a member of the Federmann Center for the Study of Rationality. He specializes in tort law, law and economics, and criminal law. Professor Guttel is a graduate of Hebrew University and Yale Law School, and the recipient of several awards for excellence in research and teaching. He is also the founder (together with Yehonatan Givati) of the Aumann-Fischer Center for Law, Economics and Public Policy (to open in 2022).



LL.B, Hebrew University, 1997
LL.M, Yale University, 1999
J.S.D, Yale University, 2002


Representative publications

"Sequencing in Damages” (with E. Cheng and Y. Procaccia), 74 Stanford Law Review (forthcoming, 2022). 

“Shared Liability and Excessive Care” (with Y. Procaccia & E. Winter), Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization (2021).

“Tort Liability and the Risk of Discriminatory Government” (with A. Porat), 87 University of Chicago Law Review 1 (2020).

"Bargaining around Cost-Benefit Standards" (with S. Leshem), 103 Journal of Public Economics 55 (2013).

"Buying the Right to Harm" (with S. Leshem), 86 S. California Law Review 1195 (2013).

"Negligence, Strict Liability and Collective Action" (wth D. Gilo & E. Yuval), 42 Journal of Legal Studies 69-82 (2013).

"Criminal Sanctions in the Defense of the Innocent" (with D. Teichman) 110 Michigan Law Review 597 (2012).

"Negligence and Insufficient Activity: The Missing Paradigm in Torts" (with D. Gilo) 108 Michigan Law Review 277 (2009).

"The (Hidden) Risk of Opportunistic Precautions” 93 Virginia Law Review 1389 (2007).

"Overcorrection" 93 Georgetown Law Journal 241 (2004).


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Alon Harel

Prof. Alon Harel

Phillip and Estelle Mizock Chair in Administrative and Criminal Law
Room 221
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Alon Harel is Mizock Professor of Law and a member of Federmann Center for the Study of Rationality. Professor Harel works in several fields: moral and political philosophy, criminal law theory, constitutional law theory and also law and economics and behavioral law and economics. 

His book Why Law Matters (OUP, 2014) challenges the view that law is merely an instrument designed to render the right or correct in decisions. It maintains that often legal institutions and legal procedures matter as such. For instance, it is argued in chapter 3 of this book that there are certain decisions, eg, the infliction of punishment for crimes that must be made by public rather than private institutions. It also defends the intrinsic value of constitutional directives and of judicial review. 

More recently, Professor Harel has investigated in a series of papers the vices of privatization. In his edited book Companion on Privatization (CUP, 2021), Professor Harel discusses critically the different justifications provided for privatization and, in particular, stresses the distinct role of the state as an institution which represents citizens and acts on their behalf.

Professor Harel works currently on a book on the authority of the state where he argues that ultimately the state’s authority is grounded in its ability to speak in the name of all. This explains why political authority is necessarily public; it represents those who are subject to it and, consequently, those who are subject to it are, in principle, accountable for the authority’ decisions.



LL.B., Hebrew University, (1983) (with distinction).
LL.M., Hebrew University (1985) (with distinction). 
D. Phil. (Philosophy of Law) (1988) (Balliol College, Oxford). 


Representative Publications:

  1. Alon Harel, Why Law Matters (Oxford University Press, 2014).
    a. The Washington Post, Book Review: ‘Why Law Matters’ by Alon Harel, By Will Baude November 6, 2014.
    b. Book  Review:  Why  Law Matters  By  Alon  Harel, Mark  Coombes.
    c. Book Review Debate: Zucca and Harel 15 International Journal of Constitutional Law 301-318 (2015)
    d. Arie Rosen, Book Review 34 Law and Philosophy 699-708 (2015)
    e. Barbara Levenbook, Book Review Notre Dame Philosophical Review 6/10/2015 
    f. Rutgers Symposium on WHY LAW MATTERS Comments by Malcolm Thorburn, Ekow Yankaw, Leo Zaibert, Guyora Binder, Kyron Huigens with a response by Alon Harel 2 Critical Analysis of Law (2015)
    g. Michel Paradis Dignity Under Law New Rambler Review16/12/2015
    h. Yossi Nehushtan, The Case for Modest Constitutional Instrumentalism 30 Constitutional Commentary 639-666 (215)
    i. Jacob Weinrib, Book Review: Why Law Matters 29 Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 267-270 (2016).
    j. Leonard Kahn, Book Review 126 Ethics 831-836 (2016). 


  2. Alon Harel, Against Privatization as Such (forthcoming in Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 2016) (with Avihay Dorfman).

  3. Alon Harel, The Duty to Criminalize 34 Law and Philosophy 1-22 (2015). 

  4. Alon Harel, Necessity Knows No Law (forthcomingToronto University L.J., 2011) (with Assaf Sharon).

  5. Alon Harel, Commensurability and Agency: Yet Two Unmet Challenges to Law and Economics 96 Cornell L. Rev. 749-788 (2011) (with Ariel Porat).

  6. Alon Harel, The Easy Core Case for Judicial Review  2Journal of Legal Analysis 227-256  (with Tsvi Kahana).

  7. Alon Harel, Criminal Responsibility for Unspecified Offences 94 Minnesota L. Rev. 261-310 (2009) (with Ariel Porat)

  8. Alon Harel, Uncertainty Revisited: Legal Prediction and Legal Postdiction 107 Michigan L. Rev. 467-499 (2008) (with Ehud Guttel).

  9. Alon Harel, Why Only the State May Inflict Criminal Sanctions: The Case Against Privately Inflicted Sanctions14 Legal Theory 113-133 (2008).

  10. Alon Harel, The Economics of Stigma: Why More Detection of Crime May Result in Less Stigmatization 36Journal of Legal Studies 355-377 (2007) (with Alon Klement).

  11. Alon Harel, The Right to Judicial Review 92 Virginia L. Rev. 991-1022 (2006) (with Yuval Eylon).

  12. Alon Harel, Matching Probabilities: The Behavioral Law & Economics of Repeated Behavior 72 University of Chicago L. Rev., 1197-2005 (2005) (with Ehud Guttel).

  13. Alon Harel, Theories of Rights in Blackwell’s Guide to the Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory,191-206(eds. Martin P. Golding & William Edmundson, 2005).

  14. Alon Harel, The Virtues of Uncertainty in Law: An Experimental Approach 89 Iowa L. Rev. 443-494 (2004) (with Tom Baker and Tamar Kugler).

  15. Alon Harel, Theories of Rights in Blackwell’s Guide to the Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory,191-206(eds. Martin P. Golding & William Edmundson, 2005).

  16. Alon Harel, The Virtues of Uncertainty in Law: An Experimental Approach 89 Iowa L. Rev. 443-494 (2004) (with Tom Baker and Tamar Kugler).


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Anat Horovitz

Dr. Anat Horovitz

Room 108

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Fields of Interest:

Criminal Procedure; Criminal Law, Evidence Law.


Anat earned her first degree in law (LL.B. summa cum laude) at the Hebrew University Law School, and her second degree in law (LL.M. with Distinction) at the London School of Economics. Anat wrote her doctoral thesis on "Procedural and Evidential Aspects of Sentencing Hearings" at the Hebrew University Law School, and earned her LL.D. in 2004 (magna cum laude).

Anat clerked for former Justice Eliezer Goldberg of the Israel Supreme Court, and the Libai-Sheinman criminal law firm. She is a member of the Israeli Bar Association and during her many years in private practice she specialized in criminal law litigation, focusing in particular on white-collar defense work. Since 2005, Anat is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Minister of Justice on Criminal Procedure, headed by Justice Miriam Naor of the Israel Supreme Court.

Anat is currently the coordinator and chairperson of the Criminal Law Workshop which meets every two weeks throughout the school year in order to discuss current work in the field.

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Dr. Tal Jonathan-Zamir

Prof. Tal Jonathan-Zamir

Associate Professor
The Institute of Criminology Faculty of Law
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Tal Jonathan-Zamir is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She received her M.Sc. from the Center for Investigative Psychology, University of Liverpool, in 2003, and her Ph.D. from the Hebrew University in 2011. Subsequently, Tal completed a Fulbright post-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University. Her work focuses on policing, particularly on police-community relations and evidence-based policing. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, she investigated police legitimacy and procedural justice from the perspective of citizens, communities, police officer, and neutral observers, in diverse contexts such as routine encounters, security threats, protest events, and airport security. She has also examined the psychological mechanisms underlying police officers’ orientation to evidence-based policing, and more recently – the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on police-community relations in Israel. Tal is the recipient of the 2010-2011 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, the 2015 Early Career Award from the Division of Policing of the American Society of Criminology, and the 2015 Young Scholar Award from the Israeli Society of Criminology. 



2010 - 2011 Post-Doctorate Fulbright Fellowship at George Mason University, Department of Criminology, Law and Society. Host: Prof. Stephen Mastrofski.

2003 - 2010 Ph.D. in Criminology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Institute of Criminology. Supervisor: Prof. David Weisburd. 

2002 - 2003 M.Sc. in "Psychology and Investigation" from the University of Liverpool, Center for Investigative Psychology.

1999 - 2002 B.A. in Social Sciences from Bar-Ilan University


Representative publications


Jonathan-Zamir Tal, Litmanovitz Yael, & Haviv Noam (2022). What Works in Police Training? Applying an Evidence-Informed, General, Ecological Model of Police Training. Police Quarterly. DOI: 10.1177/10986111221113975

Weisburd David, Jonathan-Zamir Tal, White Clair, Wilson David B., & Kuen Kiseong (2022). Are the Police Primarily Responsible for Influencing Place-Level Perceptions of Procedural Justice and Effectiveness? A Longitudinal Study of Street Segments. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. DOI: 10.1177/00224278221120225

Jonathan-Zamir, T., Perry, G., & Weisburd, D. (2020). Illuminating the concept of community (group)-level procedural justice: A qualitative analysis of protestors’ group-level experiences with the police. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 48(6), 791-809.

Perry, G., & Jonathan-Zamir, T. (2020). Expectations, effectiveness, trust, and cooperation: Public attitudes toward the Israel Police during the COVID-19 pandemic. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 14(4), 1073–1091. 

Jonathan-Zamir, T., Weisburd, D., Dayan, M., and Zisso, M. (2019). The proclivity to rely on professional experience and evidence-based policing: Findings from a survey of high-ranking officers in the Israel Police. Criminal Justice and Behavior. DOI: 10.1177/0093854819842903 

Jonathan-Zamir, T., and Harpaz, A. (2018). Predicting Support for Procedurally Just Treatment: The Case of the Israel National Police. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 45(6), 840-862. 

Mastrofski, S.D., Jonathan-Zamir, T., Moyal, S., and Willis, J. (2016). Predicting procedural justice in police-citizen encounters. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 43(1), 119-139. 

Jonathan-Zamir, T., Mastrofski, S.D., and Moyal, S. (2015). Measuring procedural justice in police-citizen encounters. Justice Quarterly, 32(5), 845-871. 

Jonathan-Zamir, T. & Harpaz, A. (2014). Police understanding of the foundations of their legitimacy in the eyes of the public: The case of commanding officers in the Israel National Police. The British Journal of Criminology, 54(3), 469-489.

Jonathan-Zamir, T., and Weisburd, D. (2013). The effects of security threats on antecedents of police legitimacy: Findings from a quasi-experiment in Israel. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 50(1), 3-32. 


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Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer

Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer

Bruce W. Wayne Chair in International Law

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Mordechai Kremnitzer was born in 1948 in Germany. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and in 1981 completed his doctorate at the Faculty. His doctorate thesis was entitled “Structural and Organizational Principles of the Specific Offenses.” Over the years he has served as a guest lecturer and scholar at various universities in Israel, Europe, and the United States. He also served as dean of the Faculty of Law in the years 1990-1993.
Kremnitzer is an admired and leading researcher in the fields of criminal and constitutional law. His important contribution to the study of law has been manifested in diverse fields, including: the principles of criminal law, freedom of expression, judicial activism and the role of the Supreme Court in Israeli society, German law, law and national security, and so forth. His public activities have included membership of a large number of public committees, including the Committee to Examine Offenses of Manslaughter, which he headed. Kremnitzer also drafted the general section of the penal code prepared by Prof. Feller. Kremnitzer served as president of the Press Council and is the deputy president of the Israel Democracy Institute. In 2003 he was awarded the Zeltner Prize for Legal Research.


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Itzhak Kugler

Dr. Itzhak Kugler

Senior Lecturer
Ivan C. Rand Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law

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L.L.B - The Hebrew University

L.L.D. - The Hebrew University


Representative publications in English

(Hebrew representative publications appear in the Hebrew version of this page)

Direct and Oblique Intention in the Criminal Law (Ashgate, 2002).
  1. "On the Possibility of a Criminal Law Defence for Conscientious Objection" The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence(1997) p. 387.
  2. Conditional Oblique Intention" Criminal Law  Review(2004) p. 284.
  3. Two Concepts of Omission" Criminal law Forum (2003) p. 421.
  4. "Necessity as A Justification in Re A (children) The Journal of Criminal Law (2004) 440.
  5. "Israel" in (Kevin Jon Heller & Markus D. Dubber eds.) The Handbook of Comparative Criminal Law (Stanford University Press, 2011) p. 352.


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Simha Landau

Prof. Simha Landau

Mildred and Benjamin Berger Chair of Criminology

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Higher Education


Hebrew University, Sociology and Psychology, B.A.


Hebrew University, Psychology (Major) and M.A. (Magna Criminology (Minor)  CumLaude)


Hebrew University, Psychology/Criminology, Ph.D.


University of Pennsylvania, Criminology Post Doctoral Fellow


3. Academic Rank and Tenure in Institutions of Higher Education


 Research Associate, Senior Fullbright Fellow, Center for Studies in Criminology and Criminal Law, University of Pennsylvania.


 Lecturer, Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University.


 Assistant Director, Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University.


              Visiting Associate Professor, University of Alberta, Canada


 Senior Research Associate, Home Office Research Unit, and Academic Visitor, London School of Economics and Political Science.


 Senior Lecturer (with tenure), Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University.


 Director, Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University.


Visiting Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago .


 Associate Professor, Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University.


Senior Research Fellow, Max-Planck Institute for International Criminal Law and Criminology, Freiburg, W. Germany (Spring and Summer).


Visiting Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (Spring).


Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Faculty of Law, University of California, Berkeley (summer).



 Director, Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University                  


Member of the Teaching Faculty (including opening lecture) of the First Asian Post-Graduate Course in Victimology, Mito, Japan.


 Full Professor, Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University.


Appointed to the Mildred and Benjamin Berger Chair in Criminology at the Hebrew University.


Visiting Fellow, Institute of Criminology, and Fellow of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. 


2003 - 05       

  Director, Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, Hebrew  University.


Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Faculty of Law, UC Berkeley (spring).


Visiting Professor, Åbo Akademi University, Vasa, Finland (summer). 


4. Other Professional and Academic Activities


 Research Sociologist, The Israel Air Force.


 Secretary of the Editorial Board of Delinquency and Society, Publication of  the Israel Society of Criminology.


 Member of the Israeli Organizing Committee of the Second International Symposium on Drug Abuse, May, 1973, Jerusalem.


 Member of the Organizing Committee of the First International Symposium on Victimology, September, 1973.


Member and coordinator of the National Committee on Illegal Drug Use.


Chair of the Organizing Committee, the Fifth National Conference of the Israeli Society of Criminology, Jerusalem, March-April, 1982.


Organizer and chair of a section on: “Crimes of Violence - A Cross Cultural Perspective”, Ninth International Congress on Criminology, Vienna, September, 1983.


Organizer and chair of a session on: “Crimes of Violence”, Eighth Biennial World Meeting of the International Society for Research on Aggression, Swansea, Wales, July, 1988.


Organizer and chair of a workshop on: “Violent Crime and its Relation  to Social Stress Factors”, Tenth International Congress on Criminology, Hamburg, September, 1988.


Organizer and chair of the Sixth European Conference of the International Society for Research on Aggression, Jerusalem, June, 1991.


Senior Scientist Fellow, Israel-Finland Exchange Program, November,  1991.


 Member of the Commission of Inquiry into the Handling of Police Violence.


 Council Member, International Society for Research on Aggression.


 Member, Executive Board of the Division of International Criminology of the American Society of Criminology.


Member, Editorial Board of Homicide Studies: An Interdisciplinary and  International journal.


Member of the Follow-Up Team for the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry on Police Violence.



Member of the Commission for Determining Principles of  Punishment (Minimum Sentences)


Member, Editorial Board of the Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless.



Chair, steering Committee of project on violence in schools in Israel, Ministry of Education, the State of Israel.


Chair, The Israeli National Council of Criminology


Member, Board of Editors of Aggressive Behavior,Official journal of  the International Society for Research on Aggression.


Organizer and chair of the Israeli sections at the Societies of Criminology 1st Key  Issues Conference,  Paris, May,2004.2004                                                       


Co-organizer and co-chair of a symposium on Violence in Hospitals at the XVI World Meeting of the International Society for Research on Aggression, Santorini, Greece, September, 2004.


Associate Editor of International Perspectives in Victimology.


2005 -            

Consulting Editor of Aggressive Behavior, Official journal of the International Society for Research on Aggression.




Organizer of a session on "Violence Against Personnel in Hospital Emergency Wards", at the 14thworld Congress of Criminology, Philadelphia, PA, August, 2005.



5. Research Activities (External Grants)


 Principal Investigator, “Homicide in Israel”, funded by the Ford Foundation.


 P.I., “A Follow-up Study on Changes in the Behavior of Juvenile Members of Street Corner Groups”, funded by the Israel Ministry of Social Welfare.


 P.I., Israeli branch of the study “Comparative Social Control of Adolescent Misbehavior in Advanced Industrial Societies”, coordinated by Jackson Toby, Rutgers University. Funded by the Ford Foundation


 P.I. (with Leslie Sebba), “Delinquency in an Israeli Birth Cohort - A  Feasibility Study”, funded by the National Council for Research and Development.  


 P.I., “Stress Factors, Social Support and Violence in Israeli Society”, funded by the Israeli National Council for Research and Development.


P.I. (with Leslie Sebba), “Punishment by Service Work - An Evaluation Study”, funded by the Israeli Ministry of Police.

1991- 96        

 P.I., Israeli branch of “A Cross-Cultural Investigation of Gender Differences in Regard to Indirect and Direct Aggression During Adolescence”, coordinated by Kay Bjorkqvist (Abo Akademi) and Kirsti Lagerspetz (Turku  University). Funded by the Academy of Finland.

1992- 98        

 P.I. (with Riva Bachrach), Israeli branch of a research project on “Childhood TV Violence Viewing and Adult Aggression”, coordinated by Rowell L.                          Huesmann and Leonard Eron, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Funded by  NIMH, U.S.A.

1994- 98        

 P.I., “Patterns of Violence and Suicide: Their Relation to Subjective Social Stress and Support Indicators”, Funded by the Israel Science Foundation.


P..I., "Violence Against Medical and Non-Medical Personnel in Hospital  Emergency Wards in Israel". Funded by the Israel National Institute for Health Policy and Health Services Research.


2006 -              

P.I., Israeli part of a research project on “Effects on Children of Persistent Exposure to Extreme Political Violence”, conducted in Israel and the Palestinian Authority. P.I., Rowell L. Huesmann, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Funded by NIH, U.S.A.

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Dr. Adi Leibovitch

Dr. Adi Leibovitch

Senior Lecturer
Room 223
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Dr. Adi Leibovitch is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law and a member of the Federmann Center for the Study of Rationality. She served as a visiting professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, and as a visiting researcher at NYU School of Law, the University of Michigan Law School, and UCLA School of Law. 

Leibovitch's research focuses on the economic analysis of law, behavioral theory, and empirical methods, as applied to the study of the institutional design of courts, litigation, and legal decision-making, with a particular interest in the criminal justice system. She has published articles in leading peer review and law review journals, including the Journal of Legal StudiesNorthwestern University Law Review, and University of Chicago Law Review Online. Her research has received several awards and grants, including a research grant from the Israel Science Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation Presidential Award.  

Before starting to teach, Leibovitch was an Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School. She received her LL.M. and J.S.D from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a John M. Olin Scholar at the Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics, and a Russell Baker Scholar. She also earned her LL.B. and M.B.A, both magna cum laude, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her M.A. summa cum laude in public policy, mediation and conflict resolution from Tel-Aviv University. Leibovitch practiced law at the Military Advocate General Corps in Israel Defense Forces, where she served as legal counsel in the International Law Department, a prosecutor and deputy head of the Intelligence and Narcotics Section in the Chief Military Prosecutor's Office, and a public defender in the Office of the Military Public Defender for the Central District.



J.S.D., University of Chicago Law School, 2016.
LL.M., University of Chicago Law School, 2011.
M.A., Tel-Aviv University, School of Public Policy, 2009.
M.B.A., Hebrew University, School of Business Administration, 2007.
LL.B., Hebrew University, Faculty of Law, 2005.


Representative Publications

Leibovitch, Adi, Institutional Design and the Psychology of the Trial Judge, in Bartosz Brozek, Jaap Hage, and Nicole A. Vincent (Eds.), Law and Mind: A Survey of Law and the Cognitive Sciences, pp. 193–206 (Cambridge University Press) (2021)

Leibovitch, Adi, and Alexander Stremitzer, Experimental Methods in Constitutional LawUniversity of Chicago Law Review Online (2021)

Leibovitch, Adi, Punishing on a Curve, 111(5) Northwestern University Law Review 1205 (2017).

Leibovitch, Adi, Relative Judgments, 45(2) Journal of Legal Studies 281 (2016).


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Reut Rosner

Adv. Reut Rosner

Reut Rosner (ADV) is the Clinical Director of the Criminal Justice Clinic







Leslie Sebba

Prof. Leslie Sebba

Lawrence D. Biele Chair of Law

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M.A., Queen’s College Oxford (1964); L.L.M., London School of Economics (1966); Dr.Juris., Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1976).

Full Professor since 2001; Director of the Institute, 1986-9, 2000-3

Member of Israel Bar and Inner TempleLondon.


Visiting Appointments:

Visiting Fellow at: Center for Studies in Criminology and Criminal Law, University of Pennsylvania (1975-6); National Institute of Justice, WashingtonD.C. (1981-2); Institute ofCriminologyUniversity of Cambridge (1992); Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Wolfson CollegeOxford (1997); Human Rights Program, HarvardLaw School (2000); Wadham CollegeOxford (2003-4).

Founding editor of International Review of Victimology; other editorial board positions have included Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology,Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Interdisciplinary Review of Children’s Rights.

Member of Scientific Commission, International Society of Criminology; Acting ChairpersonIsrael Society of Criminology. Former Chair, Legal Committee of Prisoner Rehabilitation Council.



“Third Parties”: Victims and the Criminal Justice SystemOhio StateUniversity Press, ColumbusOH, 1996.

Children’s Rights and Traditional Values (ed, with G. Douglas)Dartmouth,

Aldershot, 1998.

 “Victims’ Rights and Legal Strategies: Israel as a Case Study”, Criminal Law Forum,

Vol.11, 2000, pp. 47-100

“When is a Prisoner not a Prisoner? ‘Service Work’ in Israel – and in Britain?” 

Criminal Law Review, July 2001, pp.543-559.

“Child Protection or Child Liberation? Reflections on the  

Movement to Ban Physical Punishment by Parents and Educators”,          

International Review of Victimology , Vol. 12, 2005, pp.159-187.

“Formal and Informal Conflict Resolution in International Criminal Justice”, in H-J Albrecht et al.(eds.), Conflicts and Conflict Resolution in Middle Eastern Societies – Between Tradition and Modernity, Duncker and Humblot, Berlin, 2006, pp. 25-43.

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Prof. Eliav Shochetman

Prof. Eliav Shochetman

Walter E. Meyer Chair in Law and Criminal Justice

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Eliav Shochetman was born in Haifa in 1941. In 1965 he completed a bachelor’s degree in law at the Hebrew University, continuing to a master’s degree and completing his doctorate in 1976. In 1979 Shochetman joined the Faculty of Law as a lecturer, and over the years he also served as head of the Institute for the Study of Jewish Law. Prof. Shochetman specializes in Jewish law, laws of personal status, and procedural and evidential rules in the rabbinical courts. His research achievements include editing a key to the responsa of the Jewish sages of Germany, France, and Italy and a key to the Tor and Beit Yosef (two medieval Halachic works). Shochetman is also one of the founders of the Institute for Training Women Rabbinical Pleaders, which has created a revolution in the Israeli legal world in the context of gender equality in the representation of litigants in the rabbinical court. Prof. Shochetman was awarded an Emet (Art-Science-Culture) prize in the Jewish law category in 2011.


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Doron Teichman

Prof. Doron Teichman

Jacob I. Berman Professor of Law
Room 226
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Prof. Doron Teichman is the Jacob I. Berman Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the former president of the Israeli Law and Economics Association. Prof. Teichman’s research interests include economic and behavioral analysis of law, empirical legal studies, and criminal law. He authored numerous articles in these areas, which were published in leading journals such as Michigan Law Review, NYU Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Northwestern University Law Review, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and Law and Society Review. His latest book, Behavioral Law and Economics (with Eyal Zamir, 2018), was published by Oxford University Press.

Prof. Teichman has been awarded numerous fellowships and prizes. Some of these include: the Fulbright Fellowship (2001–2003); the Olin Fellowship at the University of Michigan (2001–2003), The Inaugural Post Graduate Fellowship at The Center for Law Business and Economics at The University of Texas Law School (2005); and the Heshin Award for Excellence in Legal Research (2013). Prof. Teichman has also won numerous competitive research grants. He received two personal grants from the Israel Science Foundation (2012–2014; 2020–2023) and was a founding member of the Center for Empirical Studies of Decision-Making and the Law funded by the I-Core program. 

Professor Teichman has served as a visiting professor at several leading law schools such as: Columbia University, University of Zürich, Tulane University and the Center for Transnational Legal Studies, London. He has also presented his work in numerous conferences and workshops, including the annual meetings of the American Law and Economics Association, the Society for Empirical Legal Studies, and the European Association of Law and Economics. 



S.J.D. The University of Michigan, 2005. 

LL.M., The University of Michigan, 2002.

LL.B., Tel–Aviv University, 2000 (magna cum laude).

B.A. (economics), Tel–Aviv University, 2000 (magna cum laude).



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