Dr. Yair Sagy

Constitutional & Administrative Law, Theories of Public Regulation, Legal history

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Yair Sagy is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Haifa Faculty of Law, Israel. He specializes in legal history, public law, theories of regulation, the administration of courts, courts as organizations, and the regulation of prison labor. His major publications discuss, among others, the intellectual history of regulation in the United States, the history of the Israeli High Court of Justice, and organizational dimensions in the operation of courts. He received an LL.B. and a Master’s Degree in History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas from the Tel-Aviv University, and an LL.M. and a J.S.D. from New York University. He was a Golieb Fellow in Legal History at NYU, a Research Fellow at Harvard Law School, and an Academic Visitor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London.


  • LL.B. Tel-Aviv University School of Law (1996).
  • M.A. (History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas), Tel-Aviv University School of History (2002). 
  • LL.M. NYU Law School (2002).
  • J.S.D. NYU Law School (2007).

Academic Experience

  • Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History, NYU Law School (2003-2004).
  • Visiting Researcher, Harvard Law School (2006-2008).

Grants, Scholarships & Prizes

  • Yavetz Scholarship, Tel-Aviv University (2000).​
  • Cohen Institute for History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas Scholarship (1999).
  • J.S.D. Scholarship, NYU School of Law (2002-2006).​
  • Regulating Judges and the Judicial "Production Line": Evaluation of the Israeli Director of Courts  – Historical Analysis and Contemporary Challenges" ISF – The Israel Science Foundation Scholarship (2012-2015) (with Amnon Reichman).
  • Cegla Award for Distinguished Israeli Article by a Tenure-Track Scholar for the 2013-2014 Academic Year (granted for: Supreme Authority: On the Establishment of the Supreme Court of Israel, 44 Mishpatim – The Hebrew U. L. Rev. 7 (2013)). 
  • "Regulating Judges and the Judicial ‘Production Line’: Evaluation of the Israeli Director of Courts  – Historical Analysis and Contemporary Challenges" ISF – The Israel Science Foundation Scholarship (2012-2015) (with Amnon Reichman).
  • "The Second Revolution: The Small and the Big High Court of Justice of Israel" Israel Institute Research Grant (2015).
  • "International Conference – Regulating Judges: Technology, History and Separation of Powers " ISF – The Israel Science Foundation (2016) (with Amnon Reichman).