Prof. Shai Lavi

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 the director of the newly founded Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and the co-director of the Minerva Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of End of Life 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 the history of Jews and Muslims in Germany focusing on the debate on animal slaughter rituals. He is a member of the National Helsinki Committee (IRB) for Medical Research. He is also a member on the editorial board of two of the leading American journals in his field, Law and Society Review and Law, Culture and Humanities Journal.

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 Jews are Coming: Vengeance and Revenge in Post-Nazi Europe” Law Culture and HumanitiesVol. 1(3) pp. 282-301, 2005
Shai Lavi, “Animal Laws and the Politics of Life: Slaughterhouse Regulation in Germany, 1870-1917” Theoretical Inquiries in Law, Vol. 8(1) pp. 229-258, 2006
Shai Lavi, "How Dying Became a Life Crisis” Special Issue on Life and Death, Daedalus, pp. 57-65, 2008
Shai Lavi, “From Bio-Ethics to Bio-Optics: The Case of the Embryonic Stem-Cell,” Law, Culture and HumanitiesVol. 4(3), pp. 339-351, 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, "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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