Dr. Shay Lavie

Faculty of Law
מנהלת הפקולטה למשפטים סגל אקדמי בכיר
Dr. Shay Lavie
Phone: 03-6409146
Office: Minkoff - Law, 428


Shay Lavie holds the position of Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Law. His primary research areas are civil procedure, class actions, and law & economics, with a specific focus on the strategic dynamics inherent in legal procedures. Shay's academic work integrates diverse methodologies, including doctrinal analysis, game theoretical tools, and quantitative methods. His work was awarded competitive grants (such as the Israeli Science Foundation) and has been published in leading peer-reviewed and student-edited journals, such as the Journal of Legal Analysis, Journal of Legal Studies, Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, PLoS ONE, Notre Dame Law Review, and George Washington Law Review. He has also contributed to leading Israeli law journals, focusing on class actions within the Israeli legal framework.  

Shay Lavie’s work is available for download on his SSRN webpage

Shay teaches courses related to civil procedure, law and economics, and class actions. Concurrently, he holds the position of academic advisor for the Class Action Clinic. Before joining Tel Aviv University, Shay earned an S.J.D. degree from Harvard Law School (2012), an LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School (2007, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), and served as a law clerk to the (then) Chief Justice of the Israeli Supreme Court, Aharon Barak. 

Research Interests

Civil Procedure, Class Actions & Complex Litigation, Law & Economics, Game Theory, Empirical Methods.




2005 Hebrew University, LL.B.
2007 Columbia University, New York USA, LL.M
2012 Harvard University, Cambridge USA, SJD


Professional Experience

03/2005-02/2006 Law Clerk, Chief Justice Aharon Barak, Supreme Court of Israel
Summer 2008 Summer Associate, Amit, Pollak, Matalon and Co. Law Offices, Tel Aviv
Summer 2009 Summer Associate, Sanford, Wittels & Heisler LLP, New York
Summer and Fall 2012 Summer Associate, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, New York


Academic Appointments


Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel-Aviv University, Assistant Professor (tenured since 2018)

Courses: Civil Procedure; Law & Economics; Class Actions; Economics of Litigation; Regulation through Litigation; Law & Economics Workshop; Empirical Legal Studies Workshop.

Fall 2017

Cornell Law School, Visiting Professor
Course: Class Actions.


Full CV

Representative Publications

Stepwise liability: Between the preponderance rule and proportional liability, The International Journal of Evidence & Proof, Vol. 27, pp. 279-306 (2023). 


The Promise of Bargaining Protocols, Journal of Legal Analysis, Vol. 15, pp. 79-107 (2023) (co-authored with Avraham Tabbach).


Judgment-Contingent Penalties: Signaling in Negative Expected-Value Suits, Journal of Legal StudiesVol. 52, pp. 193-239, 2023 (co-authored with Avraham Tabbach).


Judgment-Contingent Settlements. Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, Vol. 36, pp. ​170–206, 2020 (co-authored with Avraham Tabbach). 


Those who tan and those who don’t: A natural experiment on colorism. PLoS ONE, Vol. 15, 2020 (co-authored with Tamar Kricheli-Katz, Tali Regev, Haggai Porat, and Ronen Avraham).


Class Actions and the Regulatory State—Lessons from Israel. In: Cambridge International Handbook of Class Actions (Brian Fitzpatrick & Randall Thomas, eds.), pp. 503-27, 2021.


Adjusting Legal StandardsEuropean Journal of Law & Economics, Vol. 49, pp. 33-53, 2020 (co-authored with Tal Ganor and Yuval Feldman).  


Quotas. Journal of Law & Politics, Vol. 34, pp. 21-65, 2018.

- Selected for presentation at the Stanford Int'l Junior Faculty Forum


Litigation Signals. Santa Clara Law Review, Vol. 58, pp. 1-57, 2018 (co-authored with Avraham Tabbach).

Torts for Non-Victims: The Case for Third-Party Litigation. Illinois Law Review, Vol. 2018, pp. 1049-1090, 2018 (co-authored with Ehud Guttel and Alon Harel).
Tiered CerticationTheoretical Inquiries in Law, Vol. 19, pp. 69-107, 2018.
Discretionary Review and Undesired CasesEuropean Journal of Law & Economics, Vol. 44, pp. 265–285, 2017.  
Appellate Courts and Caseload Pressure, Stanford Law & Policy Review, Vol. 27, pp. 57-100, 2016
       - Featured in Law360 (Jan. 24, 2017), [link]  
Are Judges Tied to the Past? Evidence from Jurisdiction CasesHofstra Law Review, Vol. 43, pp. 337-75, 2014 
        -  Reprinted in the 2015 Romanian Judges’ Forum Review
Notre Dame Law Review, Vol. 88., pp. 697-757, 2013.
Tel Aviv University Law Review, Vol. 34, pp. 437-473, 2011 (in Hebrew) (co-authored with Liav Orgad).
George Washington Law Review, Vol. 79, pp. 1065-1102, 2011.

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