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Personal profile


Dr. Sagi Peari researches and teaches within private law, commercial law, international law and their intersections. Published in 2018, his Oxford University manuscript lays out a global theory of legal effects of cross-border interactions and commercial dealings. Sagi has published in leading US, Canadian and Australian journals, where he extends his conceptual argument to concrete legal categories: contracts, torts, restitution, negotiable instruments, corporations and arbitration. His work shows how the traditional legal doctrines, principles and concepts can be accommodated and qualified within the advancing reality of the digital age and online communications.   

Sagi holds an SJD degree from the University of Toronto where he wrote his doctoral dissertation under the supervision of the renowned private law theorist, Professor Ernest J. Weinrib. Sagi was the recipient of the prestigious Joseph-Armand Bombardier and Connaught Doctoral Fellowships, a Hauser Global Fellowship at New York University Law School, and of the Connection Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. One of Sagi’s papers received the best paper prize award of the American Society of International Law. Another paper received the best paper prize award of the Corporate Law Teachers Association.

Presently, Sagi is working on another book for Oxford University Press, entitled International Negotiable Instruments (co-authored with Professor Benjamin Geva). This joint work explores the past, present and future of one of the traditional mechanisms of methods of payments. It makes concrete suggestions as to how this mechanism should look in the digital and increasingly commercialized, dynamic, cross-border economy of international commerce.    

Roles and responsibilities

Lecturer in Private and Business Law

Current projects

International Negotiable Instruments

Validity of Terms and Conditions in Online Contracts

Conflict of Laws and International Taxation



International Negotiable Instruments (with Professor Benjamin Geva) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming March 2020)

The Foundation of Choice-of-Law: Choice & Equality (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018)

Selected Articles

 “Three Objections to Forum of Necessity: Global Access to Justice & Proper Party” 55 (1) Osgoode Hall Law Journal 225 (2018)

“Can Better Law Be Married with Corrective Justice or Evil Laws?” 61 (2) McGill Law Journal 1-50 (2016)

“Better Law as a Better Outcome” 63 (1) The American Journal of Comparative Law 701 (2015)

“Savigny’s Theory of Choice-of-Law as a Principle of Voluntary Submission” 64 (1) University of Toronto Law Journal 106 (2014)

Funding overview

Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015- 2017), valued at $82,000.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Connection Grant to support conference organization (2015-2016), valued at $7,999.

Osgoode Hall Faculty Research Intensification Grant to support conference organization (2015- 2016), valued at $6,000.

Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation Grant, York University to support funding for scholarly events and outreach activities (2016- 2017), valued at $1,500. 

New York University, School of Law, USA

Hauser Global Law School’s Fellowship (2013-2014), valued at $45,000.

University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Canada

Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Fellowship (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) (2010- 2013), valued at $105,000.

Connaught International Doctoral Fellowship (2009), valued at $20,000.

University of Toronto Graduate Fellowship (2008), valued at $18,000.

Prizes and Nominations

American Society of International Law Prize for the Best Paper (2013), valued at $700.

Nomination by University of Toronto Faculty of Law (Canada) for CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award Competition for best doctoral thesis written between 2013 and 2015 amongst Canadian and American universities in the area of social sciences & humanities (2014).

Nomination by York University (Canada) for Talent Impact Award to represent York University in Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada federal competition (2016).

Corporate Law Teachers Association Prize for the Best Paper (2019). Prize awarded by the Governance Institute of Australia, valued at $500.



Interviewed for WA Business News newspaper on the topic of validity of terms and conditions in online contracts. 2 September, 2019 WA Business News issue.      

Quayside Chambers, 110 attendees. An interactive talk for WA practitioners, arbitrators, on the he general principles of contract law and contract law remedies (with Tim Owen).  CBD Perth, 22 August, 2019.

Corporate Teachers Annual Conference, Auckland Law School, 2-4 February, 2019 (part of this event included a ceremony awarding Dr. Peari the Corporate Law Teachers Association award). 

Obligations Research Group, UWA Law School, 3 December, 2018.

K & L Gates Lawyers & Solicitors, 30 attendees. An interactive talk for practitioners, arbitrators, practitioners, member of judiciary and general public on various aspects of the published Oxford University Press book. CBD, Perth, 13 November, 2018.

WA Teachers’ Conference, Edith Cowen University, 12 October, 2018.

Showcase for industry business partners, UWA Business School, 15 September, 2018.

7th Journal of Private International Law Conference, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (the leading bi- yearly international event in the area of private international law) 3 August, 2017.

Research interests

Conflict of Laws (Private International Law)

Private Law (Contracts, Torts, and Restitution)

Corporate Law and Governance


Consumer Protection

Comparative Law 

Civil Procedure

International Taxation


  • Law
  • Education
  • Finance and Business
  • Retail
  • Medicine and Pharma
  • Tourism
  • Private Law
  • Commercial Law
  • International Law
  • Digital Age
  • International Human Rights

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Research Output 2010 2020

  • 8 Article
  • 2 Book
  • 2 Book/Film/Article review
  • 1 Non-UWA Thesis

Challenging the Place of Incorporation Rule

Peari, S., 2019, Governance Directions, 71 , (6).

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

International Negotiable Instruments

Peari, S. & Geva, B., Jan 2019, (In preparation) Oxford Universtiy Press. 350 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

reviewing The Closest Connection Test (OUP, 2017)

Peari, S., 2019, In : The University of Western Austalia Law Review. 45, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

The Foundation of Choice of Law: Choice and Equality

Peari, S., 1 May 2018, New York: Oxford Universtiy Press. 316 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

choice of subjects
Open Access
criminal law
international law

Activities 2016 2016

  • 1 Contribution to a conference

CJPTA: A Decade of Progress

Sagi Peari (Organiser)

Activity: Conferences and workshopsContribution to a conference