Ze'ev Segal
Ze'ev Segal, left, with former Supreme Court presidents Aharon Barak, center, and Meir Shamgar. Photo by Andres Letzko
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday called Ze'ev Segal "one of Israel's foremost jurists" and a battler for human rights, a day after Haaretz's senior legal analyst died at 63.

"Ze'ev was an exemplary figure, a journalist who struggled to advance democracy, human rights and the rule of law," Netanyahu said.

He said he witnessed firsthand Segal's work during the latter's stint as a professor at Tel Aviv University "and the considerable respect and appreciation that his students felt for him, much like thousands of other jurists in Israel and around the world."

Segal is viewed as someone who wielded great influence on the political and legal discourse. He was considered well-versed in administrative and constitutional law, ethics, media law and matters related to freedom of expression.

He spent his entire academic life teaching at Tel Aviv University's Faculty of Law.

In 2001, Segal was one of the framers of the Kinneret Convention, a document that sought to express unifying principles that Israeli society's disparate elements could agree on.

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."

Segal is survived by his wife, Lily, and a son, Hadar. His funeral will take place at Kiryat Shaul Cemetery today at 4 P.M. Condolence calls to the family's home can be made at 75 Einstein St. in Tel Aviv.