Shai Lavi, Ph.D.
Professor of law
Faculty of Law
Tel Aviv University
Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
Co-Director, Minerva Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
of the End of Life Sociology of Law
2001 University of California, Berkeley: Ph.D. in the Program of Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)
1995 Tel-Aviv University: A direct Masters in the Interdisciplinary Program for Fostering Excellence
1995 Tel-Aviv University: M.A. (Cum Laude) in Sociology & Anthropology
2011-present Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University
2006-2011 Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University
2002-2006 Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University
2011-present Co-Director, Minerva Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of End of Life, Tel Aviv University
2009-2012 Director, Minerva Center for Human Rights, Tel Aviv University
2006-2008 Director, Taubenschlag Institute for Criminal Law, Tel Aviv University
Membership in Professional Societies:
- Law and Society Association
- Law, Culture and Humanities Association
Current research projects:
- Ontologies and Epistemologies of Death: Sociological Perspectives on the ethical and the technological aspects of brain-death in Israel
Selected recent publications:
Lavi, Shai. 2010. “Der Islam zwischen christlicher Tradition und jüdischer Geschichte. Das Beispiel ritueller Tierschlachtung in Deutschland nach 1945.” In Religionskonflikte Im Verfassungsstaat, edited by Astrid Reuter and Hans Kippenberg, 393–416. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht GmbH KG.
Lavi, Shai. 2009. “Unequal Rites: Jews, Muslims and the History of Ritual Slaughter in Germany.” In Juden und Muslime in Deutschland: Recht, Religion, Identitaet, edited by Shai Lavi and Jose Brunner, 164–184. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag.
Lavi, Shai. 2008. “How Dying Became a ‘life Crisis’.” Daedalus 137 (1) (January): 57–65. doi:10.1162/daed.2008.137.1.57.
Lavi, Shai. 2008. “From Bioethics to Bio-optics: The Case of the Embryonic Stem Cell.” Law, Culture and the Humanities 4 (3) (October 1): 339–351. doi:10.1177/1743872108093101.
Lavi, Shai. 2006. “Animal Laws and the Politics of Life: Slaughterhouse Regulation in Germany, 1870-1917.” Theoretical Inquiries in Law 8 (1) (January 10): 221–258. doi:10.2202/1565-3404.1149.
Lavi, Shai. 2006. “Autopoiesis, Nihilism and Technique: On Death and the Origins of Legal Paradoxes.” In Paradoxes and Inconsistencies in the Law, edited by Oren Perez and Gunther Teubner, 247–273. Oxford: Hart.
Lavi, Shai. 2005. The Modern Art of Dying: a History of Euthanasia in the United States. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
Lavi, Shai. 2003. “Euthanasia and the Changing Laws of the Deathbed: A Study in Historical Jurisprudence.” Theoretical Inquiries in Law 4 (2): 729–761.
Lavi, Shai. 2001. “The Problem of Pain and the Right to Die.” In Pain, Death, and the Law, edited by Austin Sarat, 137–160. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.