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About Oren Gazal-Ayal

Oren Gazal-Ayal is an expert in criminal law and procedure and in law and economics. Most of his studies are interdisciplinary and written in collaborations with economists, psychologists, sociologists and other social scientists. He published extensively on Plea Bargaining and Sentencing among other topics. His papers have been often cited in decisions of the Israeli Supreme Court. He has been hired several times to advise the ministry of justice on legislative projects including sentencing reform and alternatives to criminal prosecution. A proposal for a new alternative for criminal proceedings in Israel was adopted by the Israeli ministry of justice, and has already passed first reading in the Israeli parliament (the Knesset). He won several prizes for his research including the Minister of Public Security Prize (twice: 2002, 2008), the Dusty and Ettie Miller Prize for Outstanding Young Scholar (2008) and the Cegla Prize for the Best Article of Young a Legal Scholar in Hebrew (2008). He also won several prestigious and competitive research from, among othres, the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) and the German Israeli Foundation (GIF). Gazal-Ayal has been a visiting scholar and visiting professor in numerous universities around the globe including NYU law school (1999) Connecticut law school (2004), Michigan Law School (with Fulbright, 2004-5), the Max Planck institute in Freiburg (2007) and Aix-Marseilles (with Erasmus Mundus Grant, 2008). In 2009-2010 he served as the president of the Israeli Law and Economics Association. Gazal-Ayal was elected by the Israeli Academy of Sciences as a member of the Young Scholars Forum for 2008-9. He is currently a member of the Global Young Academy. Based on the nomination of the Israeli Academy of Sciences, Gazal-Ayal was selected by the IAP - The Global Network of National Science Academies, as one of 55 "Outstanding Young Scientist" and took part in the New Champions 2010 meeting of the World Economic Forum Summer Meeting (the "Summer Davos" meeting).


Present Director of the Center for the Study of Crime, Law and Society, University of Haifa, University of Haifa
Present Vice Dean, University of Haifa, Faculty of Law, University of Haifa

Curriculum Vitae



Law and Economics (3)

Sentencing (3)

Plea Bargaining (4)