Dr. Natalie Davidson

מנהלת הפקולטה למשפטים סגל אקדמי בכיר
Dr. Natalie Davidson
Phone: 4246
Office: Minkoff - Law, 438


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, and taught French at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Natalie is interested in combining legal, historical and social scientific perspectives on international and domestic human rights law, and has focused to date on the prohibition of torture.

Research Interests and Teaching:

International Law

Human Rights Law

Constitutional Law

Sociology and History of Human Rights

Tort Law

Transitional Justice



LLD, Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law (2016)

LLM, London School of Economics and Political Science (1999).

Joint LLB-Maîtrise, King's College London and Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (1997)


Academic and Professional Experience:

Postdoctoral Fellow, Minerva Center for Human Rights, Hebrew University Jerusalem Faculty of Law (Human Rights under Pressure) 2016-2017

Research Fellow, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, University of Texas Austin School of Law 2015-2016

Attorney, International Legal Division, Bank Leumi Israel 2006-2010

Associate Attorney, Corporate Department, Goldfarb Seligman (formerly Goldfarb Levy Eran & Co.) 2005-2006

Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan Ann Arbor 2002-2004

Trainee Attorney, Corporate Department, Goldfarb Seligman (formerly Goldfarb Levy Eran & Co.) 1999-2001



English and French: native languages; Hebrew: fluent; Spanish and Italian: advanced


Representative Publications:

Natalie R. Davidson, "The Feminist Expansion of the Prohibition of Torture: Towards a Post-Liberal International Human Rights Law?" Cornell International Law Journal (forthcoming 2019)

Natalie R. Davidson, "Process-Tracing the Meaning of International Human Rights Law" in Rossana Deplano and Nicholas Tsagourias eds., Handbook on Research Methods in International Law (Elgar, forthcoming 2019).

Natalie R. Davidson, "Toward a Self-Reflexive Law? Narrating Torture's Legality in Human Rights Litigation" 21 Law, Text, Culture 100, 2017.

Natalie R. Davidson “Alien Tort Statute Litigation and Transitional Justice: Bringing the Marcos Case back to the Philippines” 11 International Journal of Transitional Justice 257, 2017.

Natalie R. Davidson “Shifting the Lenses on Alien Tort Statute Litigation: Narrating U.S. Hegemony in Filártiga and Marcos” 28 European Journal of International Law pp. 20-30, 2017

Natalie R. Davidson “From Political Repression to Torturer Impunity: The Narrowing of Filártiga v. Peña-Irala” Karen Engle, Zinaida Miller and D.M. Davis (ED), Anti-Impunity and the Human Rights Agenda (Cambridge University Press, 2016), pp. 255-287.

Leora Bilsky, Rodger Citron and Natalie R. Davidson, “From Kiobel back to Structural Reform: The Hidden Legacy of Holocaust Restitution Litigation” 2 Stanford Journal of Complex Litigation pp.138-184, 2014

Leora Bilsky and Natalie R. Davidson, “A Process-Oriented Approach to Corporate Liability for Human Rights Violations” 4 Transnational Legal Theory pp.1-43, 2013


Full CV

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