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Bana Shoughry

Bana

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Human Rights Under Pressure - Ethics, Law and Politics

PhD Candidate

Field of Research: Islamic Law, Gender and Human Rights under the "Jewish-Democratic State"

Bana Shoughry, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, who practices Human rights law since 1999, is a PHD candidate at the Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, under the supervision of Prof. Michael Karayanni. Her research "Islamic Law, Gender and Human Rights under the "Jewish-Democratic State" aims to examine the complexity of the evolution of Islamic law under Israeli Civil Family Courts, by a majority of non-Muslims judges mandated to applying Islamic law to Muslim minority. The research also aims to evaluate to what extent the amendment promotes greater gender equality Muslim women. 

Bana holds L.L.B degree from the Hebrew University (1999) and L.L.M degree in International Human Rights Law from the Washington College of Law, American University (2001). Until June 2008 Bana directed the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) legal advocacy on behalf of Palestinian Bedouins livings in unrecognized villages in the Negev for legal recognition of their indigenous historical land rights and for the advancement planning, housing, health and educational rights. In addition, she promoted the right to ethnic and gender equality; the right to family, Rights of the stateless and the right to freedom of and from religion. Between June 2008 to July 2015 she served as the Legal Director and l Advisor of the Public Committee against Torture in Israel (PCATI) and lead the struggle against torture and the policy of impunity granted to suspects of torture by Israeli authorities. She has initiated, and is a volunteer member of, the first team of physical and mental health experts for effective documentation and investigation of torture according to the Istanbul Protocol. Since July 2014 she serves as the Clinical director of the International Human Rights Clinic, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University and adjunct lecturer teaching: "Gender, Religion, and the Law" and “Torture: legal prohibition and practice”. She also volunteers in several Palestinian feminist organizations.

Her research "Islamic Law, Gender and Human Rights under the "Jewish-Democratic State" aims to examine the complexity of the evolution of Islamic law under Israeli Civil Family Courts, by a majority of non-Muslims judges mandated to applying Islamic law to Muslim minority. The research also aims to evaluate to what extent the amendment promotes greater gender equality Muslim women. 

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