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Prof. Halperin-Kaddari is an expert on family law and international women's rights and is the Founding Director of the Rackman Center for the Advancement of the Status of Women at Bar-Ilan University Law Faculty in Israel, where she serves as a full Professor. In December 2018 she completed three terms (twelve years) on the UN Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), during which she also served twice as the Vice-Chair of the Committee, and as the first Chair of the Working Group on Inquiries. A graduate of Yale Law School (LL.M.; J.S.D.), and in December 2024 she was selected as a recipient of an honorary degree from Brandeis University. She has published extensively in her areas of expertise, including a book on Women in Israel that was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. 

She is a renowned speaker in academic as well as professional forums and has served on several occasions as an expert witness on Israeli family law in international tribunals. She has also served for five years in a national role as the Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Authority for the Advancement of Women at the Prime Minister's Office. 

She is the recipient of numerous important research grants, including the GenderNet Horizon202 from the EU, and three times from the Israel Science Foundation (ISF).

She is a recipient of international awards including the US States Department Women of Courage Award and the Human Rights Award 2024 of the Ingrid zu Solms-Stiftung Foundation in Germany, and in 2018 she was named one of Apolitical 100 most influential people in gender policy around the world. In June 2023 she was shortlisted for the OHCHR Working Group on Discrimination Against Women and Girls.

In July 2007 she was awarded the International Award for Woman of Courage by the State Department of the United States. In November 2014, she was the recipient of "Ot Katan" Award for the Advancement of Gender Justice through Voluntary Work, awarded by the Ruach Nashit NGO in Israel; in March 2016 she was awarded the Rappaport Prize for Women Generating Change in Israeli Society; and in January 2017 she received the Knights of Quality Government Award by the Movement for Quality Government in Israel.

During her term on CEDAW, she led the successful adoption (in 2013) of a new General Recommendation on the Economic Consequences of Family Relations and their Dissolution; and conducted (in 2018) the Inquiry into North Ireland's restrictive abortion regime, the Report of which was adopted in UK's legislation in July 2019, directing the decriminalization of abortions in Northern-Ireland.

Research:

  • Family Law
  • Feminist Jurisprudence
  • Bioethics

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD

… → Jan 1993

Award Date: 1 Jan 1993

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