Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Human Rights Under Pressure - Ethics, Law and Politics
Field of Research: the Role and Responsibility of International Financial Institutions Concerning Human Rights
Hila holds a BA in International Relations and Romance and Latin American studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. During her BA studies, she participated in the Erasmus Mundus program and studied politics in the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. She currently participates in TELEM, a direct track-PhD program, jointly run by the Political Science and International Relations departments at the Hebrew University, while simultaneously studying an LLB. In addition, she works as a research and teaching assistant in the field of international law.
Hila is interested in the role and responsibility of international financial institutions concerning human rights. In her master thesis, she employs the concept of organizational culture to address the partial diffusion of human rights into the World Bank. The study of organizational culture focuses on the implicit aspects of the organization, such as beliefs, values, worldviews, ideologies, assumptions, and taken-for-granted meanings, which are translated into work patterns, policies and decisions.
In continuation to her master thesis and since the study of international organizations' cultures is relatively new and underdeveloped, her proposed research aims to study the organizational culture of some regional and international financial institutions (such as the World Bank and the European Central Bank) and to analyze the interaction between organizational culture and human rights promotion, protection and implementation.
Her research may contribute to understanding one of the obstacles in the process of human rights implementation in international organizations, and provide instruments for better protection of social and economic rights.