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Dr. Rawia Aburabia, LL.M


Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Human Rights Under Pressure - Ethics, Law and Politics


Thesis Title: Colonized by the Law - Personal Status Laws of Palestinian Bedouin Women in Israel

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Ms. Aburabia was born and raised in Beer-Sheva  In 2003 she received a Bachelor of Social Work from Ben Gurion University of the Negev and in 2006  received her  LL.B from Ono College in Israel. In 2008 she received an LL.M degree from the American University Washington College of Law as a New Israel Fund U.S-Israel Civil Liberties Law Fellow. 

During her studies in Washington DC she was an intern with Human Rights Watch, where she worked on the issues of land and housing rights violations in Israel's unrecognized Bedouin villages.  At the moment she is a practicing lawyer at the Association for Civil Rights (ACRI), directing the Arab-Bedouin rights unit.

Field of Research: Personal Status Laws of Palestinian Bedouin Women in Israel: Colonized by the Law

Rawia Aburabia, Trapped Between National Boundaries and Patriarchal Structures: Palestinian Bedouin Women and Polygamous Marriage in Israel, journal of comparative family studies. (forthcoming, January 2018)   


Rawia Aburabia, Redefining Polygamy Among the Palestinian Bedouins in Israel: Colonialism, Patriarchy and Resistance, Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, volume 19, issue 1, March 2011


Rawia Aburabia, Realites and Challenges of the Right to Education for Arab-Bedouin Girls in Israel, International Legal Studies Program Law Journal, volume 1 issue 3, p.119-126, December 2009

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