Tehila Sagy

Lecturer in Socio-Legal Studies

Email: tehila.sagy@le.ac.uk
Tel: + 44 (0)116 252 7313

Personal details

  • BA (comparative literature) (TAU)
  • LLB (Suma cum Laude) (TAU)
  • JSM (Stanford)
  • JSD (Stanford)

I am a legal anthropologist who conducts research in the areas of private ordering, human rights, NGOs, and multiculturalism.

My PhD research was an ethnographic study of the legal system of the Buduburam refugee camp in Ghana. To conduct this research, I received grants and scholarships from

  • the E. David Fischman Foundation
  • the American Association of University Women
  • the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics
  • the O'Bie Shultz Fellowships
  • Stanford Centre on Conflict and Negotiation
  • Stanford Law School
  • Gould Negotiation and Mediation Program's Class of 2002 Fellowship in Conflict Resolution
  • SPILS Scholarship
  • the Israeli Council for Higher Education



  • Jurisprudence
  • Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning


  • Rethinking Multicultural Jurisdictions, Ethnicities (forthcoming 2016).
  • ‘Do Human Rights Transcend Citizenship? Lessons from the Buduburam Refugee Camp’ Social Legal Studies 23(2):215-236 (2014).
  • ‘What's so Private about Private Ordering?’, Law & Society Review 45(4):923-954 (2011).
  • ‘Treating Peace as Knowledge: the UNHCR's Peace Education as a Controlling Process’, Journal of Refugee Studies 21: 360-379 (2008). Impact factor 1.191 (Thomson Reuters, 2011).
  • ‘It Takes a Whole Village to Create a Prostitute: The Struggle of Human Rights Organizations in Women Trafficking and Its Contribution to Regulation of Prostitution In Israel’, in Inquiries in Law, Gender and Feminism (Daphne Barak Erez et al., Eds.) (in Hebrew) (2007).


  • Access to justice
  • private ordering
  • legal anthropology
  • human rights
  • multiculturalism
  • policing
  • international organisations
  • NGOs


I welcome approaches from prospective students interested in conducting research in any of my areas of research interest, particularly from those interested in empirical legal studies.

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