Bar-Ilan University, founded in 1955, was one of the first comprehensive research universities to be established in Israel.  From 70 students to 17,000, its milestone achievements in the sciences and humanities have made an indelible imprint on the landscape of the nation.  

The Faculty of Law at Bar-Ilan University is one of the oldest and leading law schools in Israel. It was established by legal scholars who immigrated from the U.S. and sought to establish a faculty that lived up to the standards of the elite institutions where they had studied (such as Harvard, Chicago, and Cornell). Today, the Faculty of Law remains faithful to these aspirations, consistently producing world-class scholarship and providing first-rate legal education.

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Bar-Ilan University, founded in 1955, was one of the first comprehensive research universities to be established in Israel.  Its milestone achievements in the sciences and humanities have made an indelible imprint on the landscape of the nation.  The university has 8 faculties: Medicine, Engineering, Law, Life Science, Exact Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Jewish Studies. Seeking “Impact beyond Excellence”, BIU is currently in a vibrant transformational period of creating challenge-driven research centers which embrace practical research designed to change and improve the human experience; adopting innovative instructional methods; intensifying global outreach; and broadening its discourse and dialogue throughout the world.

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The Faculty of Law at Bar-Ilan University is one of the oldest and leading law schools in Israel. It is ranked in the Shanghai Global Ranking as one of the top two law schools in Israel and one of the top 100 law school in the world. It produces world-class scholarship as is evident from its ranking in SSRN top international law school where it is ranked among the top 40 law schools. It is considered a leader in legal education and has initiated various innovative programmes including MA in Legal Studies (for non-lawyers) and Interdisciplinary programme on Environmental Regulation and Policy (a joint program with BIOU Environmental Studies Department) which is the only one of its kind in Israel. The faculty emphasizes the use of interdisciplinary methodologies that bring together insights from diverse fields such as psychology, criminology, philosophy, data science and mathematics, and also has a strong empirical group. The law school has launched in 2020 the BIU Innovation Lab for Law, Data-Science and Data Governance which explores questions at the forefront of legal research and practice using a wide range of data-science methods. Members of the faculty’s academic staff are among the senior legal scholars in Israel. Many of them have earned an international reputation in their fields. Graduates of the Bar-Ilan Faculty of Law are leaders in many facets of Israeli life, including the foremost legal firms, the courts (including the Supreme Court), the private sector, and the government.

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The Researchers at Bar-Ilan University

Prof. Oren Perez


Oren Perez has an LLB (Magna Cum Laude) from Tel Aviv University and LL.M. (1997), Ph.D. (2001) from London School of Economics and Political Science. He also has a BA in Philosophy, University of London, 2015. He is currently (from October 1st 2017) Dean of Bar-Ilan University, Faculty of Law. He primarily works in the fields of Environmental Regulation, Transnational Law, Legal Theory and E-democracy. He has won several prestigious grants including a Foreign and Commonwealth Office Scholarship (Chevening Scholarship) and a Marie Curie Fellowship (during his studies at LSE) and various research grants, including grants from the Israeli Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Science and the Israel Science Foundation. He established Bar-Ilan Environmental Regulation Clinic on 2003 and still serves as its Academic Director. He is also the head of the new MA program on Environmental Regulation and Policy (a joint program with BIU Geography and Environment Dep.). Find his most recent publications below.

Dr Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov

Senior Fellow

Dr Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at Bar Ilan University Faculty of Law, Head of BIU Lab for Law, Data-Science and Digital Ethics, member of the Executive Board of Bar Ilan University’s Data-Science Institute, and co-director of the dual degree program in law and political science. He is also General Editor of the international journal The Theory and Practice of Legislation, and founding Co-Chair of the Israeli Association of Legislation.

Before joining Bar Ilan, he was an Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School in New York. He has previously served as a senior law clerk for Justice Dorit Beinisch at the Supreme Court of Israel, and as research assistant to Professor Menahem Elon, former deputy Chief-Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel. Dr. Bar-Siman-Tov obtained his J.S.D. and LL.M. from Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar, Fulbright Scholar, Fischman Scholar, and Morris Fellow. He received his LL.B., magna cum laude, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Dr. Bar-Siman-Tov’s research interests include legislation and regulation, constitutional law, and the interactions between law and big data/ data science. His scholarship has been published, inter alia, in the Georgetown Law Journal, Boston University Law Review, American Journal of Comparative Law and Regulation and Governance.

His scholarship received multiple awards (including, inter alia, the Giandomenico Majone Prize, awarded by the European Consortium for Political Research’s Standing Group on Regulatory Governance; the Gorney Prize for Outstanding Research in Public Law, awarded by the Israeli Association of Public Law; and the Cheshin Prize for Academic Excellence in Law) and research grants (including, inter alia, from Volkswagen Foundation; the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development; the Israel Science Foundation; the Ministry of Science and Technology; and the Israel National Institute for Health Policy Research). Dr. Bar-Siman-Tov was also named one of the Most Inspiring Professors in Israel by The National Union of Israeli Students, and was awarded the University Award for Excellence in Teaching.


Dr Sela Ayelet

Senior Fellow

Ayelet Sela is a lecturer (assistant professor) at the faculty of law, and a member of the BIU LawData Lab and the BIU Data-Science Institute. Dr Sela’s scholarship and teaching revolve around law and technology, dispute system design, courts, and empirical legal studies. Her recent work focuses on choice architecture, procedural design and access to justice in courts, online courts and online legal services. She also works on the application of machine learning methods to legal data for analytical purposes and in order to develop decision-support tools and governance mechanisms. Dr. Sela is the recipient of multiple research grants and academic awards, and her work has been published in leading journals. She holds a JSD and JSM from Stanford Law School, where she was also a fellow in the Gould Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Center and the Codex Center for Legal Informatics. She earned an LL.B and “Amirim” Honors Program diploma from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and clerked for the Honorable Justice Eliezer Rivlin in the Israeli Supreme Court.