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Lina Saba-Habesch


Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Human Rights Under Pressure - Ethics, Law and Politics

PhD Candidate

Field of Research: Criminal Detentions of Security Suspects

Mt. Scopus

Lina Saba-Habesch was born and raised in Nazareth and now lives with her family in East Jerusalem. She studied law at the Hebrew University, where she completed both her bachelor and MA degrees. She did her internship at the Criminal Department of the prosecutor office in Haifa and practiced law as a prosecutor there for another three years before moving to Jerusalem. Soon afterwards, she joined the Israeli Democracy Institute (IDI). At the IDI, she worked as a research assistant to Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer on a project titled "Terror and Democracy."

Field of Research: Criminal  Detentions of Security Suspects

Ms. Saba-Habesch is planning on doing her Ph.D. on criminal detention of security suspects. She is interested in examining the cumulative effect of the “known” detention provisions (safeguards, judicial review, etc.) in addition to other, “less known”, provisions and practices that apply during detention and which also affect the detainee's rights. These other provisions include, among others, the absence of any obligation to document investigations and the way torture allegations are being treated.

As part of her research Ms. Saba-Habesch plans to analyze the proportionality and the constitutionality of the combined effect of all those provisions and practices. She would like to try to devise a creative yet practical model that provides the right balance between the due process of law safeguards of the suspect and the need for proper investigation in order to obtain information to prevent acts of terror.

Freie Universität Berlin
The Minerva Center for Human Rights
Menschenrechtszentrum Uni Potsdam
DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Einstein Foundation Berlin
Dahlem Research School