Prof. Sapir Gideon

Prof. Sapir Gideon
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Research interests: 

constitutional law (with a concentration on religion and state) and constitutional theory.


1. Law, Religion, and Immigration; Building Bridges with Express Lanes, 31 Emory International Law Review (forthcoming 2017) (with Mark Goldfeder)

2. The Protection of Holly Places, 10 Law & Ethics of Human Rights 135 (2016) (with Daniel Statman)

3. Non-Jewish Religions in Israel, 30 Journal of Law & Religion 65 (2015) (with Daniel Statman)

4. Religious Arguments in the Public Sphere vs. the Freedom from Religion, 3 Law, Religion & State242 (2013) (With Daniel Statman)

5. Popular Constitutionalism - The Jewish Version, 7 Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies 49 (2013)

6. Constitutional Revolutions - Israel as a Case Study, 5 International Journal of Law in Context355 (2010)

7. Religious Marriage in a Liberal State, 30 Cardozo L. Rev. (with Daniel Statman) (2009)

8. Book Review - Yakobson & Rubinstein: Israel and the Family of Nations, 11 Democratic Culture295 (2007)

9. How Should a Court Deal with a Primary Question That the Legislator Seeks to Avoid? 39 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 1233 (2006)

10. Why Freedom of Religion does not Include Freedom from Religion, 24 Law and Philosophy 467 (2005) (with Daniel Statman)

11. Can an Orthodox Jew Participate in the Public Life of the State of Israel?,20 Shofar 85 (2002)

12. Law or Politics: Israeli Constitutional Adjudication as a Case Study, 6 UCLA J. of Int'l L. & Foreign Aff. 169 (2001)

13. Religion and State in Israel - The Case for Reevaluation and Constitutional Entrenchment, 22 Hastings Int'l & Comp. L. Rev. 617 (1999)

14. Religion and State - A Fresh Theoretical Start, 75 Notre Dame L. Rev. 579 (1999)


Prof. Gideon Sapir received his law degree from Bar-Ilan University, an LL.M. and S.J.D. from Northwestern University, and Rabbinic Degree from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. His teaching and research areas of interest are constitutional law (with concentration on religion and state) and constitutional theory.

Professor Sapir has been a visiting professor and scholar at Northwestern, Emory, Monash and University of Toronto. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Kohelet Policy Forum and a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory Law School.

Among his many publications are dozens of articles in major law reviews and several books, in Hebrew and English. His two latest books - Israeli Constitution: From Evolution to Revolution (Oxford U. Press) and State and Religion in Israel: Pilosophical-Legal Inquiry (Cambridge U. Press) - are scheduled for publication in 2017.

In addition to his academic work, Prof. Sapir is involved in social causes. In this capacity, he is the founder of two legal clinics, under the auspices of Bar-Ilan Law Faculty: Disability Rights Clinic and Elderly Rights Clinic.


Constitutional Law, Religion and State, Human Rights for People with Disabilities