Dr. Natalie Davidson

Faculty of Law
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.

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. 

Research Interests and Teaching:

International Law

Human Rights Law

Constitutional Law

Sociology and History of Human Rights

Tort Law

Transitional Justice

Natalie welcomes applications from prospective LLM students seeking supervision of a thesis, in particular in the areas of international human rights law, constitutional law or 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, "American Transitional Justice: Writing Cold War History in Human Rights Litigation" (Cambridge University Press, Human Rights in History Series, 2020)


Natalie R. Davidson and Leora Bilsky, The Judicial Review of Legality, University of Toronto Law Journal (forthcoming 2022).


Natalie R. Davidson "Everyday Lawmaking in International Human Rights Law: Insights from the Inclusion of Domestic Violence in the Prohibition of Torture", Law & Social Inquiry 2021 (forthcoming)


Leora Bilsky and Natalie R. Davidson, "Legal Ethics in Authoritarian Legality: A Response to David Luban," 34 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 663, 2021 (forthcoming)


Natalie R. Davidson "Human Rights Realism", 54 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 31 (2021)


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, 2021), 229-244.


Natalie R. Davidson, "The Feminist Expansion of the Prohibition of Torture: Towards a Post-Liberal International Human Rights Law?" 25 Cornell International Law Journal 109 (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.


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