Family, Human Rights and Globalization

Family, Human Rights and Globalization

In recent years, the Minerva Center at TAU has, through various projects, explored

the ways globalization transforms human rights law and practice. It has focused in

particular on the new roles played by private actors such as corporations and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in both human rights violations and human rights activism.

The project The Family, Human Rights and Globalization pursues and

deepens the Minerva Center’s inquiries into the relationship between human rights on

the one hand and private actors and private spheres of life on the other. Scholars of

human rights and globalization have devoted little if any attention to the family as a

unit of research. This project examines how is the family affected by human rights

law and activism in the era of globalization, and in turn how the insertion of the

family into politics and human rights activism is affecting human rights law and

practice domestically.

Family Law in Israel is a mixture of civil and religious laws. Only religious marriage

and divorce are possible in Israel, and family status is determined solely in religious

courts (Rabbinical, Shari’a etc.). Since these laws and courts are patriarchal, women

suffer from structural discrimination in divorce; however, so far very little attempt

was made to promote a comparative approach on the struggles taken by Jewish and

Moslem feminists’ organizations in Israel. In order to support research and trigger

international and cross-disciplinary exchanges and debates on these questions as well

as productive dialogues between academia and practitioners, the project brings

together senior academic scholars, graduate students, lawyers, judges and human

rights practitioners.




Bilingual Hebrew‐Arabic Conference: Women trapped between

Religious, Civil and Human Rights Laws

25-26  October, 2016


International Conference: DNA, Hegemony and Counter-Hegemony: Uncovering the Truth About Political Crimes After the Genetic Turn

March 27-28, 2016


Research Grants 2015-16


In order to encourage and support existing studies on the topic of The Family, Human

Rights and Globalization, the Minerva Center distributed five research grants to

doctorate students who pursue their research on this topic.


Dr. Yael Braudo-Bahat, Quilting Laws: The Israeli-American Harvard Project

(1951-1958) as a Successful Model of Transnational Legal Cooperation


Natalie Rose Davidson , From Public Power to Family Relations: A Socio-Legal

Inquiry of Torture


Roni Liberzon, Post-Divorce Child Custody: The Rise of Psycho-Legal



Masua Sagiv, The International Religious Court for Solving the Jewish Agunah



 Nasrin Aalimi Kabha, Stipulations in the Islamic Marriage Contract



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