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Ofir Hadad


Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Human Rights Under Pressure - Ethics, Law and Politics

PhD Candidate

Field of Research: Asylum Policies Towards Former Collaborators

Ofir Hadad is a PhD candidate in the Advanced Graduate-Research Program (Telem) of the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is a fellow of The American Friends of Yitzhak Rabin. Ofir holds an LL. B (with honors) in Law and graduated from the Amirim Interdisciplinary Honors Program, both at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and was certified as a lawyer in 2014. Before starting his studies, Ofir served as an officer in the intelligence corps for seven years, discharged at the rank of Captain. Ofir lives in Jerusalem with his wife Merav and his daughter Geffen. 

Following his fields of interest regarding national security, democracy and human rights, Ofir’s M.A thesis examined Israel's formal and informal policies towards Palestinians who claim that their lives are in serious danger due to the suspicion that they have collaborated with Israeli security authorities. Specifically, his study explored how Israeli policies toward low-level Palestinian collaborators inadvertently encourage Palestinian immigration into Israel.

Continuing the exploration of this understudied phenomenon, Ofir’s Ph.D. research adds a comparative and critical perspective, focusing on states' framing processes of people seeking asylum based on a claim of collaboration, and the immigration policies towards them.

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