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Moran Avital

Moran Avital

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Human Rights Under Pressure - Ethics, Law and Politics

PhD Candidate

Field of Research: The Pressures currently Faced by Israeli Human Rights Organizations (HROs)

Mt. Scopus

Before joining HR-UP, Moran worked for four years at Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement as Public Advocacy Coordinator. She received an M.A. in political science (Magna cum laude) from Tel Aviv University and a B.A. in behavioral sciences from Ben Gurion University. During her M.A. studies she worked as Research Coordinator and Assistant in the Participatory Social Marketing program of the Department of Communications at Tel Aviv University. She also volunteered at the Sexual Assault Crisis Center in Tel Aviv and at MachsomWatch.

Moran’s proposed research aims to offer an explanation for the pressures currently faced by Israeli human rights organizations (HROs) - mainly the ten organizations working for Palestinians' rights in the OPT - by investigating the effects of global trends in the human rights movement (HRM) over the past 20 years, in particular the strengthening of international law and the establishment of institutes designed to enforce it, on local HROs’ strategies. The central argument to be promoted is that these global effects were key in creating among local HROs the perception of their work as international and legal in nature, and accordingly led these HROs to focus their main work on domestic legal advocacy and on international public advocacy. This strategy resulted in a kind of vacuum in the HROs’ communication with the Israeli public, which prevented them from mobilizing substantial pressure locally. If so, this may have been instrumental in the development of the current crisis.

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