Oren Gazal-Ayal, the director of the Center for the Study of Crime, Law and Society is an expert in criminal law and procedure and in law and economics. Most of his studies are interdisciplinary and written in collaborations with economists, psychologists, sociologists and other social scientists. His scholarship has been published in numerous law reviews and peer-reviewed journals, including Duke Law Journal, The Journal of Law & Economics, The Journal of Empirical Legal Studies and all of the leading Israeli legal journal. His papers are frequently cited in decisions of the Israeli Supreme Court. He has often been hired to advise the ministry of justice on legislative projects including sentencing reform and alternatives to criminal prosecution. He initiated a reform in alternative for criminal proceedings in Israel, and his proposed reform was adopted by the Israeli parliament (the Knesset) in 2012. He won several prizes for his research including the Minister of Public Security Prize (twice: 2002, 2008), the Dusty and Ettie Miller Prize for Outstanding Young Scholar (2008) and the Cegla Prize for the Best Article of Young a Legal Scholar in Hebrew (2008). He also won several prestigious and competitive research grants from, among others, the Israel Science Foundation (ISF, twice) and the German Israeli Foundation (GIF). Gazal-Ayal has been a visiting scholar and visiting professor in numerous universities around the globe including NYU law school (1999) Connecticut law school (2004), Michigan Law School (with Fulbright, 2004-5), the Max Planck institute in Freiburg (2007) and Aix-Marseilles (with Erasmus Mundus Grant, 2008). In 2009-2010 he served as the president of the Israeli Law and Economics Association. Gazal-Ayal was elected by the Israeli Academy of Sciences as a member of the Young Scholars Forum for 2008-9. He is currently a member of the Global Young Academy. Based on the nomination of the Israeli Academy of Sciences, Gazal-Ayal was selected by the IAP - The Global Network of National Science Academies, as one of 55 "Outstanding Young Scientist" and took part in the New Champions 2010 meeting of the World Economic Forum Summer Meeting (the "Summer Davos" meeting).