Prof. Shai Lavi

Faculty of Law
מנהלת הפקולטה למשפטים סגל אקדמי בכיר
Prof. Shai Lavi
Phone: 03-6408259
Fax: 03-6409576
Office: Minkoff - Law, 328


Shai Lavi is a Professor of Law and heads the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. He is also the co-director of the Minerva Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of End of Life, and until 2017 was also the founding director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics – both at Tel Aviv University.


He received his Ph.D. from the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program, University of California Berkeley. His book The Modern Art of Dying: A History of Euthanasia in the United States (Princeton University Press) won the 2006 Distinguished Book Award in sociology of law from the American Sociological Association. He was a Fulbright fellow at the University of Berkeley, California, a visiting professor at Toronto University and at Cardozo Law School, and a Humboldt fellow at the Dubnow Instittue for Jewish History and Culture in Leipzig and at the faculty of law at the Humboldt University, Berlin. He is currently working on medical authority over the body in Germany, Turkey, and Israel. He is a member of the National Bioethics Council. He is also a member on several editorial boards including Law, Culture and Humanities Journal and Critical Analysis of Law.

Research Interests and Teaching

Sociology of Law and Bioethics, Criminal Law and Jurisprudence


1992-1995 Tel-Aviv University, Interdisciplinary Program for Fostering Excellence.Direct Masters program.
1993-1995 Tel-Aviv University, Faculty of Social Sciences The Department of Sociology and Anthropology. M.A. Cum Laude, 1995.
1995-2001 Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program (JSP) University of California, Berkeley.


Academic Appointments
Spring 2001- Present Associate Professor, Tel-Aviv University, Faculty of Law
Summer 1997 Instructor, Classical Sociological Theory, Department of Sociology, Tel-Aviv University
Summer 1996 Instructor, The Historical and Intellectual Origins of the Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, Tel-Aviv University

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Representative Publications

Shai Lavi, The Modern Art of Dying: A History of Euthanasia in America, Princeton University Press, 2005


Shai Lavi, "How Dying Became a Life Crisis” Special Issue on Life and Death, Daedalus, pp. 57-65, 2008


Shai Lavi, "Punishment and the Revocation of Citizenship in United Kingdom, United States and Israel," New Criminal Law Review Vol. 13(2), pp. 404-426, 2010


Shai Lavi, "Turning the Tables on Law and…: A Jurisprudential Inquiry into Contemporary Legal Theory," Cornell Law Review Vol. 96, pp. 811-838, 2011


Shai Lavi, "Humane Killing and the Ethics of the Secular: Regulating the Death Penalty, Euthanasia, and Animal Slaughter," UC Irvine Law Review 4(1), 297-333, 2014


Shai Lavi and Galia Schneebaum, “Sub-judice and the Riddle of Contempt,” Critical Analysis of Law 2(1), 173-198, 2015


Shai Lavi, “Beyond Natural Potentiality: Brain-Death Pregnancy, Viable Fetuses, and Pre-implanted Embryos,” Law and Ethics of Human Rights 11(2), 161-187, 2017


Shai Lavi, "Cloning International Law: The Science and Science Fiction of Human Cloning and Stem-Cell Patenting," Law, Culture and the Humanities Journal 14(1), 83-99, 2018


Shai Lavi, "Revocation of Citizenship as Punishment: On the Modern Bond of Citizenship and its Criminal Breach", University of Toronto Law Journal Vol. 61(4), pp. 783-810, 2011


Shai Lavi, "Punishment and the Revocation of Citizenship in the United Kingdom, United States, and Israel", New Criminal Law Review: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal Vol. 13(2), pp. 404-426, 2011


Shai Lavi, "Justice, Plurality, and Criminal Law: A Review of Alan Brudner’s Punishment and Freedom: A Liberal Theory of Penal Law", New Criminal Law Review: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal Vol. 14(3), pp. 439-448, 2011


Shai Lavi, "Enchanting a Disenchanted Law: On Jewish Ritual and Secular History in Nineteenth Century Germany", UC Irvine Law Review Vol. 1(3), pp. 813-843, 2011​


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