BIU LawData Lab: BIU Innovation Lab for Law, Data-Science and Digital Ethics


The BIU Innovation Lab for Law, Data-Science and Digital Ethics at Bar Ilan-University Faculty of Law focuses on two primary tracks: (1) data-driven legal research using various data-science methods (e.g., ML, NLP, social network analysis); (2) normative and ethical analysis, focusing on legal and regulatory aspects of big data, data analytics and AI, and on ensuring proper data governance.


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The lab is based on an interdisciplinary collaboration between legal researchers from the BIU Faculty of Law and data scientists from the BIU Data Science Institute and other affiliated BIU departments. It is also based on an international collaboration as part of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on Digital Governance (DIGOV). It additionally works with partners from technology companies and other industry and government actors.

The lab seeks to explore questions at the forefront of legal research and practice using a wide range of data-science methods. It takes a new approach to legal research that brings together theory-driven and policy-driven research that contributes to evidence-based policy making. In the theory-driven research track, the lab currently hosts more than 20 on-going studies, which include projects using natural language processing tools, network analysis, machine learning and other AI models, as well as cryptography. In the policy-driven track the lab collaborates with several governmental ministries, regulatory agencies and municipalities with the goal of finding solutions to practical problems and policy challenges.


Head: Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov

Steering Committee: Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov, Miriam Bitton, Oren Perez, Ayelet Sela

Affiliated researchers:

Legal Scholars:

Michal Alberstein

Adi Ayal

Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov

Miriam Bitton

Yuval Feldman

Yotam Kaplan

Oren Perez

Ayelet Sela

Data Scientists:

Reuven Cohen

Oren Glickman

Inbal Yahav

Dudy Sarne

Jonathan Schler

David Gabay

Graduate students

Sharon Avigad

Bar Fargon Mizrahi

Keren Horwitz

Elhanan Schwarts

Alon Singer

Ofir Stegmann


Recent Projects

  • Ethical Risks in Digital Devices: A Data-Science Approach (MOST Grant). Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov, Ayelet Sela & Inbal Yahav
  • Making Sense of Mobile App Privacy Policies: An Unsupervised Machine Learning Approach. Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov, David Sarne,  Jonathan Schler, Ayelet Sela, Alon Singer
  • Using Data Science to Explore the Constitutional Dialogue between Courts and Legislatures. Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov
  • Networks and the law. Oren Perez, Reuven Cohen, Ofir Stegmann
  • Big Data and the Regulation of Ordinary Unethicality. Yuval Feldman & Yotam Kaplan
  • The Gender Gap in Patenting: Analysis of Global Patents Databases. Miriam Marcowitz-Bitton, Daniel Benoliel, Ruth Halperin Kaddari
  • Promoting Small Businesses? Credit Reforms in Israel and the Biases They Create. Adi Ayal, Roy Gelbard, Onn Shehory
  • Post and Trauma: The Use of Social Media by Sexual Assault Victims. Hadar Dancig-Rosenberg
  • Vanishing Trials, Settlement Judges? Data on Judges’ Procedural Involvement in Civil Litigation Shed Light on their Role in Israeli Trial Courts. Ayelet Sela & Limor Gabay-Egozi
  • Why Judges Cite the Constitution? A Mixed-Method Analysis of Constitutional Talk in Lower Court Opinions. Ori Aronson
  • Blockchain: the Future of Intellectual Property Registries. Miriam Marcowitz-Bitton, Lital Helman
  • Personalized Law: Using Information from Previous Proceedings. Benjamin Shmueli

 Recent Publications

  • Perez, Oren, Reuven Cohen, and Nir Schreiber. "Governance through Global Networks and Corporate Signaling." Regulation & Governance 0, no. 0 (2018).
  • Perez, Oren, and Ofir Stegmann. "Transnational Networked Constitutionalism." Journal of Law and Society 45, no. S1 (2018/07/01 2018): S135-S62.  
  • Perez, Oren, Bar-Ilan, Judit, Cohen, Reuven and Schreiber, Nir, The Network of Law Reviews: Citation Cartels, Scientific Communities, and Journal Rankings (August 31, 2018). Modern Law Review, Forthcoming 2018/2019. Available at SSRN:
  • Ayelet Sela, “Can Computers Be Fair? How Automated and Human-Powered Online Dispute Resolution Affect Procedural Justice in Mediation and Arbitration”, 33 Ohio state journal on Dispute Resolution (Forthcoming, 2018).
  • Ayelet Sela, “The Effect of Online Technologies on Dispute Resolution System Design: Antecedents, Current Trends and Future Directions”, 21 Lewis & Clark Law Review 635 (2017).
  • Ayelet Sela, “Streamlining Justice: How Online Courts Can Resolve the Challenges of Pro Se Litigation”, 26 Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy 331 (2016).
  • David Sarne, Jonathan Schler, Alon Singer, Ayelet Sela, and Ittai Bar Siman Tov. 2019. Unsupervised Topic Extraction from Privacy Policies. In Companion Proceedings of the 2019 World Wide Web Conference (WWW '19 Companion).
  • Yuval Feldman & Yotam Kaplan, Bounded ethicality and big data

Recent Grants

  •  Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on Digital Governance, awarded by the European Commission (2019-2022) (Oren Perez, Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov & Ayelet Sela, together with researchers from Erasmus University Rotterdam and University of Leeds)
  • Ministry of Science and Technology Research Grant (2018-2021) - “Ethical Risks in Digital Devices: A Data-Science Approach” (Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov, Ayelet Sela & Inbal Yahav).



The Law Faculty offers a unique MA program in Legal Studies for Graduates of Computer Science and Engineering

The Law Faculty offers a variety of courses in the field, including, e.g.:

  • Law and Technology
  • Advanced Workshop Law and Technology
  • An International Perspective on Law and Technology
  • Data Science for Lawyers
  • Cyber Law
  • Big Data and the Law
  • Ethical and Social Aspects of Computer Science
  • Intellectual Property
  • Law and Technology in Jewish Law

The University offers a wide-range of additional courses in the field:


Election Law in the Digital Age

January 1, 2020 at The Benin Faculty of Law building 306, Hall 200, 2nd floor

International Conference on Law, AI and Data Science

December 18-19, 2019 at The Benin Faculty of Law building 306, Hall 200, 2nd floor

Legal Tech and Legal Practice in the Digital Age

December 17, 2019 at The Benin Faculty of Law building 306, Hall 200, 2nd floor

Courts in the Digital Age

November 10, 2019 at The Benin Faculty of Law building 306, Hall 200, 2nd floor

Private Law and Network Theory in the Private Law Consortium 2019

June 3-4, 2019 at Faculty of Law Building 306, room 200

Data Science for Legislation Studies (Methodological Workshop)

January 3, 2019 at The Benin Faculty of Law building 306, Hall 200, 2nd floor

Relational Private Law and Network Theory

January 2 at Building 504 (Economic Studies), Conferences Room, Ground Floor

Environmental Applications of Data Science – Government and Academia workshop

October 23, 2018 at Nanotechnology Triplex

International Conference on Law & Big Data

May 14-15, 2018 at Faculty of Law Building 306, room 200

Elasticsearch and Kibana Hands-on Workshop for Law

February 26, 2018 at Faculty of Law Building 306, room 200

Law and Networks

January 28, 2018 at Faculty of Law Building 306, room 200

Last Updated Date : 05/12/2021