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Tamar Megiddo

Dissertation Title: The Everyday Life of International Law: How International Law is Practiced Within States

Doctoral Supervisors: Professors Jeremy Waldron and Robert Howse


Tamar Megiddo is a JSD Student at New York University School of Law and a Scholar-in-Residence with the Tikvah Center for Law and Jewish Civilization.

Tamar received her Bachelor’s degree in Law and the Humanities (Amirim Honors Program), magna cum laude, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her LLM in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law, winning the Jerome Lipper Award for distinction in the LLM in International Legal Studies program. From 2009-2011 Tamar clerked for Israeli Supreme Court Justice Ayala Procaccia.


Tamar’s JSD dissertation, supervised by Professors Jeremy Waldron and Robert Howse, explores the ways in which international law is practiced within states. The dissertation does so by focusing on the role of individuals operating at the sub-state level, whether independently or as officeholders in organizations, and taking part in various ways in the processes of decision- and policy-making within the state. The dissertation further explores whether the perception of international law as imposing legal obligations (rather than moral values or social norms) figures in such processes. This project is an attempt to make sense of the way individuals operating within the state respond to international law, and it is inspired, to a large extent, by legal philosophy, particularly the concept of fidelity to law and its connection to principles of legality.

Publications and Presentations:

Tamar Megiddo, Reclaiming the Law in International Law: A Legal Perspective on State Compliance, paper presented at the New York University JSD Forum (2013). Commentator: Professor Liam Murphy.

Tamar Megiddo & Zohar Nevo, Revisiting Lessons on the New Law of Statehood: Palestinian Independence in a Post-Kosovo World, in Statehood and Self-Determination: Reconciling Tradition and Modernity in International Law (Duncan French, ed., Cambridge University Press: 2013)

Tamar Megiddo & Zohar Nevo, Palestinian Independence in a Post-Kosovo World: Revisiting Lessons on the New Law of Statehood, presentation at the International Law Association British Branch Conference, Sheffield University, UK (2011).

Zohar Nevo & Tamar Megiddo, Lessons from Kosovo: The Law of Statehood and Palestinian Unilateral Independence, 5(2) J. Int’l L. & Int’l Rel. 89 (2009)

Ruth Halperin-Kaddari & Tamar Megiddo, Guide to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (2011) [in Hebrew]

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