Prof. Daphna Hacker

Faculty of Law
School of Cultural Studies
מנהלת הפקולטה למשפטים סגל אקדמי בכיר
Prof. Daphna Hacker
Phone: 03-6405936
Office: Trubowicz - Law, 439


Daphna Hacker is a Full Professor at the Tel Aviv University Law Faculty and the Head of the Women and Gender Studies Program at the Faculty of Humanities. She researches and teaches with a focus on the intersection of law, families and gender.

She has published numerous articles in leading legal and socio-legal journals, including Law and Social Inquiry, Harvard Journal of Human Rights, Cornell Law Review, and International Journal of Law in Context. She is also the author of three books, the latest, published by Cambridge University Press is titled "Legalized Families in the Era of Bordered Globalization", wan the LSA Herbert Jacob 2018 Award for Best Book in Law & Society. The other two, published in Hebrew: Family Issues through the Lens of the Law (2012), and Parenthood in the Law – behind the Scene of Custody and Visitation upon Divorce (2008).

Prof. Hacker received her LL.B. from the Hebrew University and her LL.M. from American University Washington College of Law, graduating summa cum laude, and holds a Ph.D., summa cum laude, from the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Tel Aviv University (2004). She has received numerous grants and prizes, including two research grants from the Israel Science Foundation (2009-2011; 2015-2017) and a nomination to the Israeli Academy of Science Young Scholars in Humanities and Social Science Forum (2010).

She served as Chief Editor of Tel Aviv University Law Review (Vol. 39-40)She was a board member of the Israeli Women's Network, and is currently the Head of the Steering Committee of the Knowledge Center on Women and Gender, on behalf of the Ministry of Science and Technology. She served on the Governmental Committee on Aspects of Parental Responsibility upon Divorceand was a founding member of Itach-Maaki Women Lawyers for Social Justice. For her public service on behalf of women, she has been given the Katan Award for the Advancement of Gender Justice through Voluntary Work (2013), and the Jewel Bellush Outstanding Israeli Feminist Award, by NCJW (2019).

Research Interests and Teaching

Prof. Hacker's socio-legal research focus on the intersection of law, families and gender and provide empirical as well as normative insights in relation to singlehood and gender, post-divorce parental arrangements, inheritance conflicts, filial piety towards elder parents, and transnational families. She teaches Families and Globalization, Feminist Jurisprudence, Elder Law and Qualitative Methods, and has been a visiting professor at Cornell, Hong Kong University, and the University of Warsaw.


1990 Rene Cassin Alliance High School, Jerusalem.
1994 Bachelor of Law, LL.B, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Law Faculty.
Master of Laws in International Legal Studies, LL.M, (Cum Laude),
American University Washington College of Law:

“Single and Married Women in the Law of Israel – A Feminist Critique", supervised by Prof. Ann Shalleck.

Ph.D (Cum Laude), The Department of Sociology and Anthropology,
Faculty of Social Sciences, Tel-Aviv University:

“’Motherhood’, ‘Fatherhood’, and Law: A Sociological Analysis of the Field that Shapes Custody and Visitation Arrangements”, supervised by Prof. Ronen Shamir and Prof. Haya Stier.

2003-2004 Post-Doctorate Student at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Hebrew University.


Professional Experience

1992-1997 Workshop instructor at the Adam Institution for Democracy and Peace.
1993-1994 Research Assistant of Mr. Michael Atlan in his study on “The Human Right to Adequate Standard of Living”, conducted with the cooperation of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Law Faculty.
1994-1995 Law clerk at Veisglass-Almagor Law Firm in Tel-Aviv.
1994-1995 Research Assistant at the Israeli Parliament (the Knesset) Committee for Promoting Women’s Status, on behalf of the Israel Democracy Institute.
1995 Admitted to the Israeli Bar Association.
1996-1998 Lawyer at the Israeli Women’s Network Legal Department.
1998-2000 Project Coordinator at the Israel Democracy Institute, supervised by Prof. Ruth Gavison. 
1998-2003 Research and Teaching Assistant at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and at the Law Faculty, Tel-Aviv University.
2000-2002 Teacher at the Sociology and Anthropology Department, Tel Aviv University; and the Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo.
2001-2004 Teacher at the Women and Gender Studies Program, Tel Aviv University.
2003-2004 Teacher at the Sociology and Anthropology Department, Hebrew University.
2005-2009 Assistant Professor at the Law Faculty and the Women and Gender Studies Program, Tel-Aviv University.
Sep-Oct 2007 Visiting Scholar, Northwestern University School of Law.
2010-Present Senior Lecturer (with tenure) at the Law Faculty and the Women and Gender Studies Program, Tel Aviv University. Courses: Family Law; Feminisms, Society and Law in Israel; Family, Gender and Law; Qualitative Research Methods.
July 2012 Visiting Professor, Asia American Institute in Transnational Law, Duke Law School in cooperation with Hong Kong University, Hong Kong.


September 2013 Visiting Professor, Cornell University Law School Visiting Professor


Full CV

Representative Publications

Daphna Hacker, Legalized Families in the Era of Bordered Globalization (Cambridge University Press, 2017).


Daphna Hacker, "Strategic Compliance in the Shadow of Transnational Anti-Trafficking Law", 28 Harvard Human Rights Journal, 11-64 (2015).


Daphna Hacker, "Disappointed "Heirs" as a Socio-Legal Phenomenon", 4(2) Oñati Socio-Legal Series 243-263 (2014).


Daphna Hacker, Intergenerational Wealth Transfer and the Need to Revive and Metamorphose the Israeli Estate Tax8(1) Law and Ethics of Human Rights 59-101 (2014).


Daphna Hacker & Ruth Halperin Kaddari, "The Ruling Rules in Custody Disputers – On the Dangers of the Parental Sameness Illusion in a Gendered Reality", 15 Mishpat and Mimshal 91-170 (2013) [Hebrew].


Daphna Hacker, "Religious Tribunals in Democratic States: Lesson from the Israeli Rabbinical Courts", 27(1) Journal of Law and Religion 59-82 (2012).


Daphna Hacker, "Law and Society Jurisprudence", 96 Cornell Law Review 727-748 (2011).


Daphna Hacker, "Soulless Wills", 35(4) Law & Social Inquiry 857-983 (2010).


Daphna Hacker, “The Gendered Dimensions of Inheritance: Empirical Food for Legal Thought”, 7(2) Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 322-354 (2010).


Daphna Hacker, “Inter-Religious Marriages in Israel: Gendered Implications for Conversion, Children and Citizenship”, 14(2) Israel Studies  178-197 (2009).


Daphna Hacker, “A Legal Field in Action: The Case of Divorce Arrangements in Israel”, 4(1) International Journal of Law in Context 1-33 (2008).


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