Professor Ronen Perry will describe one of his latest studies, the first to investigate whether personal characteristics, gender in particular, affect people’s perceptions of judgments. The study examined (1) whether male and female judges’ decisions are perceived differently, and (2) whether men and women perceive judgments differently. An experimental research design was employed to determine if identical judgments in a rape case are perceived differently due to the judge’s gender, the evaluator’s gender, or a combination thereof, indicating the existence of cognitive biases.


Ronen Perry is a Full Professor at the University of Haifa, Faculty of Law. Prof. Perry received his LL.B. magna cum laude from the Tel Aviv University in 1996. He was admitted to the special program for excellent students (top 0.5% of undergraduate students in all disciplines), and the IDF academic reserve (top undergraduate students in select disciplines). He completed with distinction his LL.M. studies, as part of the direct doctoral track requirements, at the Hebrew University in 1997, served for three years in the IDF JAG Corps, and received his LL.D. summa cum laude from the Hebrew University in 2001. Prof. Perry has published a book and more than forty articles on tort law, insurance, remedies, jurisprudence, and legal education, and is also engaged in empirical and experimental legal studies without a prioricommitment to a specific branch of law. He was a visiting scholar at leading universities in Europe and in the United States.  Prof. Perry also serves as senior editor of the Journal of Tort Law and editor-in-chief of the Haifa Law Review.