Natalie Davidson joined the Law Faculty as Lecturer (assistant professor) in the Fall of 2017. She holds a joint LLB-Maîtrise (King's College London and Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne), LLM (University of London), and doctorate in law (Tel Aviv University). She was a research fellow at the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Minerva Center for Human Rights, Hebrew University Jerusalem (Human Rights under Pressure Program). Prior to her doctoral studies, she practiced corporate and banking law in Tel Aviv.
Natalie combines legal, historical and social scientific perspectives on international human rights law and constitutional law. Her book American Transitional Justice: Writing Cold War History in Human Rights Litigation explores how landmark torture cases filed in US courts in the 1970s and 1980s contributed to the memory of the Cold War in the United States, Paraguay and the Philippines. In her current research she explores norm evolution in international human rights law, Israeli courts' uses of international human rights law, authoritarian legality and new models of judicial review. Her research project How Domestic Violence Became Torture in International Human Rights Law: A Socio-Legal Inquiry is the recipient of an Israel Science Foundation grant (no. 1938/19). Natalie also directs the team of Israel reporters for the Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts.