Haaretz senior legal commentator, Ze'ev Segal
Haaretz senior legal commentator, Ze'ev Segal
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Professor Ze'ev Segal, Haaretz's long-time legal commentator, died of complications from an illness Tuesday night at Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital. He was just shy of his 64th birthday.

Segal, a law professor at Tel Aviv University, has been one of Israel's most prominent jurists for several decades, someone who influenced both the public and the legal debate in his fields of expertise, which included constitutional and administrative law, ethics, media law and freedom of expression.

He is survived by his wife Lily and a son, Hadar.

Born on January 13, 1947, Segal served as a military correspondent for the Israel Defense Forces' Bamahane Gadna newspaper from 1965-1968.

He completed his undergraduate and master's degrees in the faculty of law at Tel Aviv University and went on to work as an aide to Shimon Peres during the president's tenure as Minister of Communications and Transportation.

Segal received a PhD in law from Tel Aviv University in 1982 and stayed with the institution for the whole of his academic career, as researcher and associate professor in the fields of law and public policy. He also took on chairmanship of the Executive Master in Public Policy Program.

In 2001, Segal helped draft the Kinneret Convention, a treaty signed by prominent Israeli members of the academia, the rabbinate, the art world, the media, the defense establishment, industry and administration. The main purpose of that convention was to find a common ground to end the societal rift that had erupted after the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Segal took on co-leadership of the Forum of Law and Society alongside Professor Hadara Ben Mor, a body established in 1999. He also served an observer on The Israeli Press Council and chairperson of the Israel Diaspora Forum at the World Zionist Organization.

Segal is the author of many academic articles and five books on law, including The Right to Know in the Light of the Freedom of Information Act, and Freedom of the Press: Between Myth and Reality.