Congratulations to Dr. Hila Shamir on her award of an ERC Grant!

Dr. Shamir is the first legal scholar in Israel to win the ERC in the starting grant category

18 September 2017

Dr. Hila Shamir, the vice dean of academic affairs at TAU law school, has won the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) grant. The value of the award is 1.5 Million Euros to pursue her research on “Human Trafficking: A Labor Perspective.

Dr. Shamir is the first legal scholar in Israel to win the ERC in the starting grant category.

Shamir's research seeks to identify tools to combat human trafficking that will complement the main existing anti-trafficking approaches: the criminal law approach, border control and human rights. Specifically, the research seeks to identify labor tools that target the structure of labor markets which are prone to severely exploitative labor practices, such as domestic work, construction, agricultures, and fishing, among others. Dr. Shamir’s research will explore various market-based initiatives to curb human trafficking and severely exploitative labor practices. Among these are bilateral agreements that attempt to reduce high debt in migration and placement processes; the application and enforcement of protective labor and employment laws in labor sectors prone to trafficking; workers’ organization in such sectors  (including alt-labor); and voluntary corporate codes adopted by corporations that seek to guarantee that their production chains are free from human trafficking. The research includes a “clinical” component: the project includes the promotion of a labor approach to trafficking in Israel through the representation of severely exploited workers and victims of trafficking in the Workers’ Rights Legal Clinic at TAU.

Dr. Shamir joined TAU Law School in 2009, upon completion of her doctoral degree at Harvard Law School. She teaches and researchers in the fields of labor and employment law, welfare law, immigration law, and feminist legal thought, and serves as the academic advisor of the Workers’ Rights Legal Clinic at TAU. Her forthcoming book “Governance Feminism: An Introduction”, co-authored with Janet Halley, Prabha Kotiswaran and Rachel Rebouche, will be published in 2018 (University of Minnesota Press).

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