Gil Siegal

  • Professor of Law, General Faculty

Dr. Gil Siegal’s scholarly interests cover the expanding spectrum of modern health law and bioethics including medical malpractice, genetics and biotechnology, public health law, organ transplantation and telemedicine.

Siegal is also the director of the Center for Health Law and Bioethics at Kiryat Ono College in Israel and a senior researcher at the Gertner Institute for Health Policy. He is chief editor of The Journal of Health Law & Bioethics [Heb].

Siegal serves on several national committees in Israel, including the Israeli National Committee for Medical Research, the Israeli National Committee on Human Genetic Research and the Israeli National Committee on Non-Medical Sex Selection. He is chairperson of the Israeli National Forum for Legal and Ethical Aspect of Genetics.

During 2003-04, Siegal was a fellow in health policy and ethics at UVA School of Law, where he also taught Comparative Health Law. During 2004-05, he served as a fellow in medical ethics at Harvard University Medical School, and a research fellow and consultant at Harvard School of Public Health, working on demonstration projects of administrative compensation for medical injuries (with Michelle Mello and David Studdert).

He has taught at the following law and medical schools: Haifa University, Manchester University, Tel Aviv University, Bar Ilan University and Hebrew University.


  • S.J.D.
    University of Virginia School of Law
  • LL.B.
    Tel Aviv University
  • M.D.
    Tel Aviv University, Sackler Medical School


Bioethics Blue and White: Bioethics and Medical Law in Israel (editor) (Bialik Publishing, 2015).

Book Chapters:

"Justifiable Paternalism and Health Policy" (forthcoming).

"Legal Aspects of Health Technology Assessment and Management" (forthcoming).

“Malpractice,” in 2 Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics 1801 (Henk ten Have ed., Springer, 2016).

“Organ Trade,” in 3 Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics 2068 (Henk ten Have ed., Springer, 2016).

“Israeli Bioethics,” in Bioethics Blue and White: Bioethics and Medical Law in Israel 8 (Gil Siegal ed., Bialik Publishing, 2015)

“Leadership and the Road to Personal Responsibility for Healthy Behavior – Between Autonomy and Paternalistic Interventions” (with Neomi Siegal), in Bruce Rosen et al., eds., Accountability and Responsibility in Health Care: Issues in Addressing an Emerging Global Challenge 499 (World Scientific, 2012).

"Genetic Testing and Screening in Religious Groups – Perspectives of Jewish Charedi Communities" (with Barbara Prainsack),. in Daphna Birenbaum-Carmeli and Yoram Carmeli, eds., Reproductive Technologies among Jewish Israelis 153 (Berghahn Books, 2010).

"The Stem Cell Debate: A Jewish Perspective on Human Dignity, Human Creativity and Inter-religious Dialogues" (with Y.M. Barilan), in Bender, Manzei & Hauskeller, eds., Crossing Borders: Cultural, Political and Religious Differences Concerning Stem Cell Research (2005).

"Israeli Health System," in The World and Its Peoples Set 1, Vol 7.

"Testing and Screening in Religious Groups – Perspectives of Jewish Charedi Communities" (with B. Prainsack), in Kin, Gene, Community: Reproductive Technologies Among Jewish Israelis 153 (2010).


In English:

"Legal Aspects of Telemedicine Clinics of North America" (forthcoming).

“Child Protection Decisions to Substantiate Hospital Child Protection Teams’ Reports of Suspected Maltreatment” (with others), 40 Child Abuse & Neglect 132 (2015).

“Genomic Databases and Biobanks in Israel,” 43 J.L. Med. & Ethics 766 (2015).

“Compensating Road Accident Victims – Beyond the Appropriate Cause?” (with Uri Nir), 36(3) Tel Aviv U. L. Rev. 1 (2014) (Heb.).

“Making the Case for Directed Organ Donation to Registered Donors in Israel,” 3:1 Isr. J. Health Pol’y Res. (2014).

“Predicting the Decisions of Hospital Based Child Protection Teams to Report to Child Protective Services, Police and Community Welfare Services” (with others), 38 Child Abuse & Neglect 11 (2014).

"The Duty to Notify," (with Mark Rothstein) 12 Hous. J. Health L. & Pol'y 93 (2012).

"Jump-Starting Telemedicine," 91 Ear, Nose & Throat J. 266 (2012).

"Enabling Globalization of Health Care in the Information Technology Era: Telemedicine and the Medical World Wide Web," 17 Va. J. L. & Tech. 1 (2012).

“Health Information Technology and Physicians’ Duty to Notify Patients of New Medical Developments” (with Mark A. Rothstein), 12 Hous. J. Health L. & Pol’y 93 (2012).
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“Personalized Disclosure by Information-on-Demand: Attending to Patients’ Needs in the Informed Consent Process” (with Richard J. Bonnie and Paul S. Appelbaum), 40 J.L. Med. & Ethics 359 (2012).
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“Shared Decision-Making in Israel: Status, Barriers, and Recommendations” (with others), 1:5 Israel J. Health Pol’y Res. 1 (2012).

“The Status of Shared Decision Making and Citizen Participation in Israeli Medicine” (with others), 105 Zeitschrift für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität im Gesundheitswesen 271 (2011).

Telemedicine: Licensing and Other Legal Issues,” 44 Otolaryngologic Clinics N. Am. 1375 (2011).

"European Heart Rhythm Association Expert Consensus Statement on the Management of Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices in Patients Nearing End of Life or Requesting Withdrawal of Therapy” (with others), 12 Europace 1480 (2010).

"An Account of Collective Actions in Public Health" (with Neomi Siegal & Richard J. Bonnie) 99 Am. J. of Pub. Health 1583 (2009).

"Adjudicating Severe Birth Injury Claims in Florida and Virginia: The Experience of a Landmark Experiment in Personal Injury Compensation" (with Michelle M. Mello & David M. Studdert), 34 Am. J. L. & Med. 493 (2008) .
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"Mr./Mrs Right or Mr./Mrs. Gene-Right? – On Premarital Genetic Screening" American Institute of Biological Sciences (2007).

"Closing the Organ Gap: A Proposal for National Organ Transplantation Insurance" (with R. Bonnie), 34 J.L. Med. & Ethics 415 (2006).
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“The Rise of Genetic Couplehood? Comparative View of Premarital Genetic Screening” (with B. Prainsack), 1 BioSocieties, London School of Economics 17 (2006).

“Reflections on Fairness in UNOS Allocation Policies” (with R. Bonnie), 5(4) Am J. Bioethics 28 (2005).

"Embryonic Stem Cells Research in Israel—Legal and Ethical Inquiry," 7 J. Biolaw & Bus. 10 (2004).

"Treating Acute Anaemia in a Jehovah's Witness in Israel: An Innovative Approach to a Medical and Legal Challenge" (with L.A. Gaitini), 21(3) Med. & L. 485 (2002).

"Do Parents Understand Emergency Department Discharge Instructions? A Survey Analysis" (with Y. Waisman et al), 5(8) Israel Med. Ass’n J. 567 (2003).

In Hebrew:

“Mental Health Rights in Israel–A Multi-Dimensional Analysis” (with Moti Mark), 2 J. Health L. & Bioethics 46 (2009) [Heb].

"Emerging Wrongful Life Cases – Between Mother’s Autonomy and Unborn Child’s Rights," 1 J. Health L. and Bioethics [Heb] 10 (2008).

Symposium – Law & Medicine (ed. Guy I. Seidman, Erez Shaham) 6 Law & Business, 102 (2007).

"Western Bioethics — Israel Between North America and Europe," 143 Israel Med. Ass’n J. [Harefua] 142 (2004).

"Health Law in Israel—Contemporary Issues," Hakyrya Ha’akademit L.J. (2004).

Current Courses

All Courses

Comparative Health Law
Health Legislation
Medicine & Law
Medicine Law & Ethics – International Law
Nursing: Ethics and the Law
Professional Accountability and Risk Management
Telemedicine, Bio-technology and the Law