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Rachel Zeliger

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Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Human Rights Under Pressure - Ethics, Law and Politics

PhD Candidate

Field of Research: Restrictions on the inflow of cross-border NGO funding, globalisation and freedom of association

Rachel Zeliger is an LLD candidate at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She holds a BA (Honours) in Psychology from York University in Toronto, Canada, a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, and an LLM in International Law and Human Rights from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prior to commencing her LLM, Rachel completed her articles at a prominent Canadian law firm and was called to the Bar of Ontario, Canada in 2011. She has worked and/or volunteered with various not-for-profit organizations, including a legal aid clinic, a labour rights organization, an educational rights program, and an organization dedicated to the prevention of problem gambling. Rachel currently resides in Israel with her husband and their happy go lucky canine companion. 

Rachel's LLD research aims to examine cross-border NGO funding within the context of a globalised world, focusing on state-imposed restrictions on the inflow of cross-border NGO funding in certain states and factors that may present as an impetus for such restrictions and/or signal the enactment of legislation restricting the inflow of foreign funds to domestic NGOs. Additionally, her research aims to evaluate whether investment treaty arbitration and/or human rights systems, including the European and Inter-American human rights systems, may be used by NGOs as an instrument to counter restrictions on the receipt of foreign funds. The intersection between human rights law (in the form of the freedom of association as it relates to the right of an NGO to receive foreign philanthropic funds) and trade law, is also anticipated to be examined to determine whether reductions in barriers to trade may provide guidance on reducing restrictions on cross-border NGO funding.

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