Prof. Dan Simon


Professor Dan Simon earned an S.J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, an MBA from INSEAD in France, and an LL.B. from Tel Aviv University. He specializes in the field of Law & Psychology, teaching Criminal Law as well as various courses in the intersection of law and psychology.

Professor Simon has been a visiting professor at Yale Law School and Harvard Law School. He worked as an attorney for the Association for Civil Rights in Israel as human rights lawyer on the West Bank. Before joining the USC Gould School of Law in 1999, Professor Simon was a member of the faculty of the University of Haifa Law School.

Professor Simon is the author of In Doubt: The Psychology of the Criminal Justice Process (Harvard University Press, 2012), and has been invited to lecture on the psychological dimensions of the criminal justice process to groups of judges, prosecutors and police personnel across the United States and in Israel.

A brief listing of Professor Simon’s publications include “Israel’s Settlement Liability”, (Los Angeles Times, May 25, 2011); “Israel on the Verge of a Bill of Rights” (Israel Studies Bulletin, 1993):  “A Third View of the Black Box: Cognitive Coherence in Legal Decision Making” (The University of Chicago Law Review, 2004), “The Demolition of Homes in the Israeli Occupied Territories.” (Yale Journal of International Law, 1994); “Effects of Individual Expertise and Task Importance on Pre-decision Reevaluation of Alternatives” (with Aaron L. Brownstein & Stephen J. Read). 30 Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 819-90, 2004), and “A Psychological Model of Judicial Decision Making” (Rutgers Law Journal, 1998.)