Shai Lavi 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: Sociology of Law and Bioethics, Criminal Law and Jurisprudence