Rabeea Assy

Dr. Rabeea Assy

Dr Rabeea Assy is an associate professor (senior lecturer) at the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa. He specializes in procedure and evidence, and is also interested in analytical jurisprudence. The University of Haifa is Rabeea’s home university, where he completed his LL.B. and LL.M. (ranked 1st in class). In 2011 he completed his doctoral studies at the University of Oxford, under the supervision of Professor Adrian Zuckerman. Rabeea’s studies at Oxford were fully funded by the Oxford University Clarendon Fund, and his doctoral work was awarded two consecutive Modern Law Review prizes. Whilst a doctoral student Rabeea served as a Senior Editor and subsequently as the Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal.
Rabeea’s published work includes a book on the right to self-representation (Injustice in Person: The Right to Self-Representation, Oxford University Press, 2015); a chapter on parole proceedings in a compiled volume (also published by Oxford University Press, 2016); and a number of articles on civil procedure and evidence, published in such prominent journals as the Journal of Law and Society, Civil Justice Quarterly, and Criminal Justice and Behaviour. His work has been internationally recognized and regularly cited by leading academics and courts across the Commonwealth. His main work, Injustice in Person (2015), has won the Mauro Cappelletti book Prize (2019) for the best book in procedural law published in the last five years. The book has also been reviewed by all the leading journals in England (including Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Modern Law Review, Law Quarterly Review, and Cambridge Law Journal), and several events have been held to discuss it. In recognition of his scholarship, his research projects over the last four years have been supported by generous research grants given by the EU’s Marie Curie Actions program, the German Israeli Fund, and Israel’s Maof Fund. In addition to the Mauro Cappelletti Prize mentioned above, he also received the prestigious Cheishen and Zeltner Prizes, which are the most important and competitive prizes for law academics in Israel, recognizing novelty and excellence in scholarly contributions.
Dr Rabeea Assy was a visiting Fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford, and has taught frequently at the Oxford University Faculty of Law. He was also a research fellow at the Global Hauser Program at New York University. Recently, he was elected by the student body at Haifa as a Distinguished Teacher. He also acts as a regular referee for several internationally leading journals, including the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Modern Law Review, and the Civil Justice Quarterly, as well as for the national scientific funds of the Netherlands and Israel. At Haifa, he currently heads a masters program (LLM) in administrative and private law.

  • civil procedure
  • Evidence Law



  • ‘Expressive Procedure’, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (forthcoming 2023).
  • ‘How can International Commercial Courts Become an Attractive Option for the Resolution of Commercial Disputes’, Journal of Dispute Resolution (forthcoming 2023, with Shahar Avraham Giller)
  • ‘“Let’s Kill All the Lawyers” On the Social Image of Lawyers’ in Aharon Barak et al (eds), Book in Honour of Supreme Court Justice Salim Jubran (Nevo, 2023) (in Hebrew)
  • ‘Taking Seriously Affordability, Expedition, and Integrity in Adjudication’, in R. Assy and A. Higgins (eds.), Principles, Procedure, and Justice: Essays in Honour of Adrian Zuckerman (Oxford University Press 2020)
  • ‘The Overriding Principles of Affordable and Expeditious Adjudication’, in A. Higgins (ed.), Civil Procedure Rules 1998 at 20 (Oxford University Press 2020)
  • ‘Violence Risk Assessment Practices in Israel: Pilot Survey’ 11 Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research 116–126 (2018) (with Dr Jay Singh and Katrina Serpa)
  • Self-Represented Defence: Response to Comments” 17 Jerusalem Journal of Legal Studies 64-89 (2018) (Oxford University Press)
  • “Assessing Risk Assessment Practices of Sex Offenders” in J.P. Singh, S. Fazel and S. Bjorkly (eds) International Perspectives on Violence Risk Assessment (Oxford University Press, 2015) (forthcoming)
  • “The Catch-22 in Israeli Parole Law” (2014) 41 Journal of Criminal Behavior 1422-1436 (with Doron Menashe)
  • “Can the Law Speak Directly to its Subjects? The Limitation of Plain Language” (2011) 38(3) Journal of Law and Society 376
  • “Revisiting the Right to Self-Representation in Civil Proceedings”(2011) 30(3) Civil Justice Quarterly 268
  • “Practice and Procedure” 20 All England Law Reports Annual Review Chapter (2010) (with Adrian Zuckerman)
  • Recent Developments in English Civil Procedure” (2010) Zeitschrift für Zivilprozess International Volume 15 (with Adrian Zuckerman)
  • General Editor’s Preface, the Tenth Anniversary of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, Summer Issue 10.l (2010)
  • “The Power to Reconsider Orders Under CPR Rule 3.1(7)” (2010)29(2) Civil Justice Quarterly 175–193
  • “Mistaken Facial Identification of Suspects” (2005) 35(1) Mishpatim—The Hebrew University Law Journal 205–329 (in Hebrew, with Doron Menashe)
  • “Reply to Avraham Levi’s Response” (2005) 35(2) Mishpatim—The Hebrew University Law Journal 489–498 (in Hebrew, with Doron Menashe)
  • DPhil in Law, University of Oxford (2008-2012)
  • LLM University of Haifa (ranked first in class with grades average of 99/100) (2002-2005)
  • LLB University of Haifa (1997-2000)