Retired Prof. Ruth Kannai

Building 305, Room 003
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    1992 Ph. D. Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law, summa cum laude.

    1983 LL.M. Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law, magna cum laude.

    1966 LL.B. Hebrew University Faculty of Law ,magna cum laude.



    Criminal law, sentencing.


    2003-present commissioner of sexual harassment complaint.


    2000-2001 Awarded an Israel National Science Foundation grant (jointly with Prof. Uri Schild, Computer Science Department, Bar-Ilan University): Decision Support for Criminal Sentencing: Intelligent Computer-Analysis of Offender's Past Record.

    2005 Awarded the Minister of Public Security Price for research and development (jointly with Prof. Uri Schild, Computer Science Department, Bar-Ilan University): Decision Support for Criminal Sentencing: Intelligent Computer-Analysis of Offender's past record.

    2007 Awarded a Ran Naor foundation grant (jointly with Prof. Uri Schild, Computer Science Department, Bar-Ilan University): A decision support system for sentencing Traffic Offenders.



    2000-2003 Bar-Ilan Studies in Law, Faculty Advisor.


    2008 Chair of a committee on Crime Register and Rehabilitation of Offenders Law, 5741-1981.

    1998 Member of the public commission on publishing information from criminal inquiries.

    1997 Member of the public commission on constructing the discretion of the judge in sentencing (Supreme Court judge E. Goldeberg, Chair).


    Criminal law, sentencing




    1. Arnold Enker, The Suspended Sentence (in participation of Ruth Kannai, 1981).


    1. Liability for Negligence Offences after Penal Law, in A Decade to the 39th Amendment of the Criminal Law (Forthcoming 2007).
    2. Evaluating the Criminal Record, in Trends in Criminology: Theory, Policy and Practice 287 (Meir Hovav, Leslie.Sebba and Menachem Amir eds., 2003).
    3. Intermediate Sentences, in Sefer Shamgar 213 (articles vol. 2, 2003).
    4. Multiple Punishment, in Crime and Social Deviance: Theory and Practice (Moshe Addad & Yuval Wolf eds. 2001).
    5. Absence of Mens-Rea or Mistake of Law: The crime of Fraud and Breach of Trust as an Example, in Directions in Criminal Liability: Inquiries in the Theory of Criminal Law 203 (Eli Lederman ed., 2001).



    1. Evidence at sentencing stage - the proposed Bill on Amendment 92 of the Criminal Code (Constructing the Judicial Discretion in Sentencing) 2006 (to be published at "Hpraklit", in honor of David Winer).


    2. Constitutional and Criminal Aspects of Proportionate Sentencing, 35 Mishpatim 147 (2005).
    3. Probation Order: From Suspension of the Punishment to Punishment in Itself, 16 Bar-Ilan L. Stud.353 (2001).
    4. Criminal Law: Development and Directions,23 Tel-Aviv U. L. Rev.717 (2000).
    5. Constructing the Discretion of the Judge in Sentencing, 15 Bar-Ilan L. Stud.147 (1999).
    6. The Consent of an Injured in Criminal Law, 29 Mishpatim 389 (1997).
    7. A Proposal for Sentencing Law, 13 Bar-Ilan L. Stud. 227(1996).
    8. Mens Rea Concerning the Circumstances: Knowledge or Recklessness, 12 Bar-Ilan L Stud. 433 (1995).
    9. Mens Rea and the Circumstances of the Offence,11 Bar-Ilan. L. Stud. 147 (1994).
    10. Guidance for Sentencing in Supreme Court Judgments, 24 Mishpatim 97 (1994).
    11. Ruth Kannai & Arnold Enker, Self-Defense and Necessity After Penal Law (Amendment No. 37) 1992, 3 P'lilim 5 (1992).
    12. The Effect of the Aims of Punishment on the Judge's Discretion in Sentencing, 10 Bar-Ilan L. Stud 39 (1993).
    13. Sentencing Guidelines, 5 Bar-Ilan L. Stud.234 (1986).
    14. A Note on Penal Law (Amendment No. 14) 1982, 36 Hapraklit 329 (1984).
    15. Multiple Offences and Punishments in a Single Criminal Episode, 3 Bar-Ilan L. Stud. 247 (1984).



    1. Ruth Kannai & Lea Visel, "Euthanasia in Israel", Euthanasia in International and Comparative Perspective, (M. Groenhuijsen & F. Van Laanen, Eds. 147 (2006).


    1. Ruth Kannai, Uri Schild, John Zeleznikow, Modeling the evolution of legal discretion - an Artificial Intelligence Approach, 20 Ratio Juris 530 (2007).
    2. Ruth Kannai & Uri Schild, Intelligent Computer Evaluation of Offender's Previous Record, 1 Artificial Intelligence and Law 1 (2006).
    3. Ruth Kannai, Proportionality in Sentencing: Constitutional or Criminal Issue, 9 Canad. Crim. L. Rev. 315 (2005).
    4. The Judge's Discretion in Sentencing: Israel's Basic Lawsand Supreme Court Decisions, 30 Isr. L. Rev. 276 (1996).

    Last Updated Date : 07/06/2022