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Tamar Megiddo

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

Advisory Committee: Jeremy Waldron, Robert Howse & Eyal Benvenisti

Biography:

Tamar Megiddo is a J.S.D. candidate at New York University School of Law.

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

Tamar will be a visiting fellow at the Tel Aviv University Buchmann Faculty of Law’s GlobalTrust Research Project in 2015-2016.

 

Research:

Tamar’s doctoral dissertation explores the role that individual people play in the practice of international law within their states. It argues that individuals’ participation in the practice of international law is more widespread than regularly acknowledged (that actually, every one of us can influence the way our states operate under international law), and that appreciating the breadth of individual practice is crucial to understanding international law’s traction in the domestic sphere. The dissertation argues, further, that international law does indeed enjoy such traction in that it serves as a distinct factor that is taken into account in national policymaking processes.

In addition to offering a novel conceptual framework for the everyday life of international law, the dissertation includes two empirical case studies which illustrate this framework. One case is set in an international trade law context and deals with the amendment process of United States’ country of origin meat labeling rules. Another, exploring Israel’s contentious practice of returning asylum seekers across the international border back to Egyptian territory, is set in the context of international refugee law.

 

Publications:

Revisiting Lessons on the New Law of Statehood, in Statehood and Self-Determination 187 (Duncan French, ed., Cambridge University Press: 2013) (with Zohar Nevo)

Guide to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (Rackman Center, Bar-Ilan University, 2011) (with Ruth Halperin-Kaddari) [in Hebrew]

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

Academic Presentations:

Getting Personal with International Law, presented at the Annual Conference of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S), New York University School of Law (2015)

Getting Personal with International Law, presented at the Law Beyond the State Conference, University ofToronto Faculty of Law (2015)

The Everyday Life of International Law: The Role of Individuals in the Practice of International Law, presented at the New York University School of Law Center for Human Rights and Global Justice’s (CHRGJ) Transitional Justice and Human Rights Writers Workshop (2015)

A Conceptual Framework: Getting Personal with International Law, paper presented at the New York University School of Law J.S.D. Forum (2014). Commentator: Professor Eyal Benvenisti.

The Everyday Life of International Law: Preliminary Conclusions from the Case of Israel, paper presented at the New York University School of Law J.S.D Forum (2014). Commentator: Professor Christopher McCrudden.

Much Ado About Nothing: Are Concerns about International Law’s Fragmentation Justified?, paper presented at the New York University School of Law’s Scholarship Clinic (2014). Commentator: Professor Jose Alvarez.

Commentator for paper titled Constituting International Law: Three Models of Performative Construction by Haley S. Anderson, at the International Law and Human Rights Emerging Scholarship Conference, New York University School of Law (2014)

Reclaiming the Law in International Law: A Legal Perspective on State Compliance, paper presented at the New York University School of Law J.S.D. Forum (2013). Commentator: Professor Liam Murphy.

Palestinian Independence in a Post-Kosovo World: Revisiting Lessons on the New Law of Statehood, presented at the States, Peoples and Minorities: Wither the Nation in International Law’ Conference, Sheffield University, UK (with Zohar Nevo) (2011)
 

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