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Prof. Ruth Gavison

Prof. Ruth Gavison

Professor Emerita of Human Rights

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Ruth Gavison was born in Jerusalem in 1945. She completed her bachelor’s degree in law cum laude from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After interning at the Supreme Court with Justice Benjamin Halevy, she received her license to practice law and began to study for a master’s degree in law at the Hebrew University, while also undertaking undergraduate studies in economics and philosophy. In 1971 she began doctorate studies in the philosophy of law at Oxford University, under the supervision of the British scholar H.L.A. Hart. Her doctorate research examined the legal protection of privacy. In 1974 Gavison joined the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, heading the H. Cohen Chair of Human Rights. Her studies examine issues touching on the relationship between law and morality; issues of religion and state; the nature of law and the relationship between law and the role of the judge; and diverse issues from the field of public law. Gavison is a leading scholar in the field of law and society and a pioneer in the struggle for civil rights in Israel. She was one of the founders of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and served as the association’s chairperson and president. Gavison has received numerous prizes over her many years of legal work, including the Zeltner Prize for Legal Research, the Avi Chai Prize (for her work on the new social covenant between observant and non-observant Jews in Israel), a prize from the Movement for
Tolerance, an Emet (Art-Science-Culture) prize in the legal and social sciences category, and the Israel Prize for Legal Research (2011).

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Prof. Israel Gilad

Prof. Israel Gilead

Bora Laskin Chair of Law

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Fields of Interest:

Tort Law, corporations, limitation of civil actions, economic analysis of tort law, bills and notes


Israel Gilead completed his doctorate studies in law, together with undergraduate studies in economics, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1984 he joined the Faculty of Law, heading the Bora Laskin Chair. In the year 1999-2002 Prof. Gilad served as dean of the Faculty of Law. He was a member of international bodies involved in the study of the laws of damages and insurance, and served as a member of numerous professional committees, including the Obsolescence Committee, the Damages Committee, and the Codification Committee, in which capacity he helped draft key provisions in the damages, remedies, and obsolescence sections in the Proposed Law: Rules of Alimony, 5771-2011.Gilad’s areas of expertise are damages law, civil obsolescence, forms of payment, the economic analysis of law, and corporate law. 

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Prof. Shalev Ginossar

Prof. Shalev Ginossar

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Shalev Ginossar joined the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1951 and served as dean in the years 1954-1956 and 1963-1967. During the course of a wide-reaching legal career, Ginossar’s writings examined diverse fields, including civil and criminal legal proceedings, the laws of evidence, property law, the laws of obligations, commercial law, professional ethics, the laws of damages, the laws of unlawful enrichment, and the structure of the Israeli legal system. Ginossar received the Belgian Order of the Crown. He taught at the Faculty of Law until 1971  and passed away in 1984.


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Yehonatan Givati

Prof. Yehonatan Givati

Sylvan M. Cohen Chair in Law
Room 214
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Professor Yehonatan Givati is the Sylvan M. Cohen professor at Hebrew University Law School. He is a member of Hebrew University's Center for the Study of Rationality.

His scholarly interest lies in the area of economic analysis of law. His work is both theoretical and empirical. He applies the tools of law and economics to three main areas of law: tax law, law enforcement, and administrative law and regulation. He has also published in the areas of private law and judicial behaviour. He received a PHD from the Economics Department at Harvard University in 2013, and an SJD from Harvard Law School in 2011.



Harvard University, Ph.D. (Economics), 2013

Harvard University, M.A. (Economics), 2011

Harvard Law School, S.J.D. (Doctorate in Law), 2011

Harvard Law School, LL.M. (Master of Laws) studies, 2007

Hebrew University, M.A. (Economics), 2005

Hebrew University, LL.B. (Law and Economics), 2002 


Representative Publications

Harm Displacement and Tort Doctrine (with Yotam Kaplan), Journal of Legal Studies 49: 73-101 (2020)

How would Judges Compose Judicial Panels? Theory and Evidence from the Supreme Court of Israel (with Israel Rosenberg), Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 17: 317-341 (2020)

Theories of Tax Deductions: Income Measurement versus Efficiency, Journal of Law, Finance, and Accounting 5: 107-136 (2020) 

Preferences for Criminal Justice Error Types: Theory and Evidence,  Journal of Legal Studies 48: 307-339 (2019)

The Regulation of Language, Journal of Law & Economics 61: 397-425 (2018)

The Economics of Rights: Does the Right to Counsel Increase Crime? (with Itai Ater and Oren Rigbi), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 9(2): 1-27 (2017)

A Theory of Whistleblower Rewards, Journal of Legal Studies 45: 43-72 (2016)

Googling a Free Lunch: The Taxation of Fringe Benefits, Tax Law Review 69: 275-309 (2016)

Organizational Structure, Police Activity and Crime (with Itai Ater and Oren Rigbi), Journal of Public Economics 115: 62-71 (2014)

Game Theory and the Structure of Administrative Law, University of Chicago Law Review 81: 481-518 (2014)

Legal Institutions and Social Values: Theory and Evidence from Plea Bargaining Regimes, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 11: 867–893 (2014)

Law, Economics, and Culture: Theory of Mandated Benefits and Evidence from Maternity Leave Policies (with Ugo Troiano), Journal of Law & Economics 55: 339-364 (2012)

Resolving Legal Uncertainty: The Unfulfilled Promise of Advance Tax Rulings, Virginia Tax Review 29: 137-175 (2009)


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Prof. David Gliksberg

Prof. David Gliksberg

Mary and Charles D. Satinover Chair of Tax Law and Property Law
02-5883194; 02-5863939; 054-5863939
Room 201

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Fields of Interest:

Income Tax; Corporate Income Tax; International Taxation; Tax Policy; Taxation of Non-profit Organizations; Tax Planning.


LL.B. (cum laude), Hebrew University (1982); 

Doctoral Program (cum laude), Hebrew University (1983);
Ph.D. Hebrew University (1987);
Clerk to Justice M. Elon, Israel Supreme Court (1982);
Admitted to the Israeli Bar (1983);
Visiting Scholar, Tax and Fiscal Program, Harvard Law School , (1988-1990);
Visiting Scholar, Harvard Law School (Spring 2002)
Scholar in Residence, Columbia Law School (2012)
Director, The Harry and Michael Sacher Institute of Legislative Research, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Since 2012)


Member of various tax forums and committees (Since 1992).
Member, National Committee for Comprehensive Tax Reform (1999-2000).
General Reporter, International Fiscal Association Congress on “Taxation of Non-Profit Organizations” (1999)
Member, Tax Committee, Israel Bar Association (since 1995).
Chairman, Committee on Kibbutz Reorganization (1995).
Chairman, Israel National Advisory Committee on Trade Levies (1991-1996).
Chief Assistant to the General Counsel of the Income Tax Administration (1983-1984)

Semi-Judicial Office:

Chairman, Israel National Advisory Committee on Trade Levies (1991-1996).

Legal Periodicals:

Advisory Board - Tax Law Policy; International and Comparative Tax Journal (U.S.A). (Since 2000)
Editorial Board - Civil Society and the Third Sector in Israel (2005-)
International V.A.T. Monitor (The Netherlands ) (1990-1995).
Editorial Board - The Israeli Tax Review (1987-1989; 1997-2000).
Editor in Chief - The Hebrew University Law Review [Mishpatim] (1982).
Editorial Board - The Hebrew University Law Review [Mishpatim] (1981).


Golda Meir Prize, 1986; Perlman Prize, Harvard University, 1990; Bar Ilan University, Commercial Center Prize, 1997; The Hebrew University Pize for Excellenc, 2010

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Prof. Daphna Golan

Prof. Daphna Golan


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1989, Postdoctoral Program in International Law and the Protection of Human Rights, International Institute for Human Rights, Strasbourg.

1983-1989, Ph.D. in History and Sociology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

1981-1982, DEA (summa cum laude) in Sociology, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.

1978-1981, B.A. in African Studies (magna cum laude), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Representative Publications 


Dalya Yafa Markovich, Daphna Golan and Nadera  Shalhoub-Kevorkian (eds) Understanding Campus-Community Partnerships in Conflict ZonesEngaging Students for Transformative Change ( Palgrave Macmillan London, 2019)

Daphna Golan, Hope on Campus: Palestinian and Israeli Students in Jerusalem (Resling, 2018) 

Golan-Agnon, D. Next Year in Jerusalem: Everyday Life in a Divided Land, New York and London: The New Press, 2005   

Golan, D. Inventing Shaka-Using History in the Construction of Zulu Nationalism, Boulder and London: Lynne Rienner Publishers (1994)



Goldner L. and Golan D. "The Long Term Effects of Youth Mentoring on Student- Mentors' Civic-Engagement Attitudes and Behavior" Journal of Community Psychology.   (2017) 1-13.

Golan, Daphna and Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, “Community-Engaged Courses in a Conflict Zone: A Case Study of the Israeli Academic Corpus,” Journal of Peace Education 2014, Vo. 11, No. 2, 181-207. 

Golan, D., Z. Orr and S. Ershied, “Lifta and the Regime of Forgetting: Memory Work and Conservation,” Jerusalem Quarterly 2013, Vol. 54, 69-81.

Golan, D. and Z. Orr, “Translating Human Rights of the ‘Enemy’: The Case of Israeli NGOs Defending Palestinian Rights,” Law & Society Review 2012, Vol. 46, No. 4, 781-814.

Golan-Agnon, D., “Between Denial and Reconciliation: Lessons from South Africa to Israel and Palestine,” in P. Rothfield et al. (eds.), Pathways to Reconciliation: Theory and Practice, Ashgate Publishing, 2008.

Golan-Agnon, D., “Separate but not Equal: Discrimination against Palestinian Arab Students in Israel,” American Behavioral Scientist 2006, Vol. 49, No. 8, 1075-1084.



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Steve Goldstein

Prof. Steve Goldstein

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Steve Goldstein was born in Philadelphia, where he acquired an education and gained extensive legal experience. In 1976 he left a promising legal career in order to immigrate to Israel. He joined the Faculty of Law and specialized in civil law proceedings and comparative law. His writing exposed fascinating issues relating to the basic principles of government and law, key issues in the field of legal proceedings, judicial authority, structural problems in the courts, the functioning of the appeals court, the roles of the judge and attorney, the status of foreign states as litigants in the Israeli courts, and class action suits. Goldstein served as director of the Harry and Michael Sacker Institute for Legislative Research and Comparative Law, edited the Israel Law Review, and served as dean of the Faculty from 1987 to 1990. Prof. Goldstein passed away in 2009. 


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Dr. Joshua Guetzkow

Dr. Joshua Guetzkow

Assistant Professor (Lecturer) - Institute of Criminology

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Fields of Interest:

Criminal justice and social policy; culture and policymaking; social control; law and society; sociology of knowledge; mental health.


Department of Sociology & Institute of Criminology
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905

Positions Held

2010 – present Assistant Professor (Lecturer), Institute of Criminology & Department of Sociology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2007 – 2009 Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Arizona.


Princeton University, Sociology, Ph.D. 2004
Princeton University, Sociology, M.A. 2001
U.C. Berkeley. Sociology, B.A. (high honors). Cognitive Science, B.A. 1998

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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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