Dissertation Title: The Everyday Life of International Law: How International Law is Practiced Within States
Advisory Committee: Jeremy Waldron (supervisor), Eyal Benvenisti & Robert Howse
Tamar Megiddo is a J.S.D. candidate at New York University School of Law. She is expected to defend her Dissertation in the July 2016.
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 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.
In 2016-2017, Tamar will serve as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Tel Aviv University Buchmann Faculty of Law’s GlobalTrust Research Project [http://globaltrust.tau.ac.il]
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 impact the practice of 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 one 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 a United States’ regulatory rule. 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.
Pitfalls to Avoid: A Roadmap for Future Interdisciplinary Research of International Law, in International Law as Behavior (Harlan G. Cohen, ed., Cambridge University Press: forthcoming 2017)
International Law as a Human Affair: the Early Years, in Elgar Research Handbook on the Sociology of International Law (Moshe Hirsch & Andrew Lang, eds., Edward Elgar Publishing: forthcoming 2017)
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]
Pushing at the Border: Individuals, International Law and Israel’s Refugee Admittance Policy presented at the Annual Conference of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S), Humboldt University, Berlin (2016)
An Unlikely Hard Place: The Role of International Law in U.S. Regulatory Rulemaking, presented at the International Law Forum, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law (March 2016)
Getting Personal with International Law, presented at Sociological Inquiries into International Law II Workshop, University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs (2015)
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 of Toronto 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.
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)