Claris Harbon

  I am feminist and a human and social-economic rights lawyer and scholar. I have an interdisciplinary background in socio-legal, critical race/gender studies, and transnational and global women of color/feminist perspectives, along with my previous career as a human rights lawyer engaged in experiential education and community outreach.

  I hold a doctorate in law from McGill University, and two LLM degrees from Yale Law School and Tel Aviv University Law Faculty.

  My scholarly work on marginalized minorities of the Global South is deeply informed by 20 years of experience in feminist, anti-racist and social justice advocacy, founding NGOs. The socio-legal status of racialized minorities, mostly women of color, has been at the center of my work both academically and practically. I represented polarized and deeply conflicted minorities, such as Palestinians, Mizrahis, Ethiopians, undocumented immigrants, refugees, and children, in high-profile litigation around issues having to do with gender, sexuality, nationality, religion, race, age, ability and class. My work is situated at the intersection of law, gender and society, focusing on oppressed groups such as women, particularly in the context of the interconnected rights, and institutional barriers to health, housing, land, welfare and education.

  I am also the Director of the Hillary Clinton Center for Women’s Empowerment at AUI:

Research interests and expertise

Given the broad interdisciplinary nature of my research, my research and teaching interests are therefore diverse and flexible, conversing with various interdisciplinary theories from law, legal philosophy, legal positivism, natural law, and morality to transnational and international human rights; International law; transitional justice and reconciliation; gender critique; critical race feminisms; sociology of law and legal history; legal, and critical legal pluralism; critical legal studies; postmodern and post-colonial theories; urban studies, political geography, critical body studies, and cultural, ethnic and indigenous studies; resistance, protest and social movements; housing and homelessness; health law and reproductive justice; discrimination, equality and access to justice; comparative law; poverty law/studies.

Incorporating transnational and intersectional feminist approaches, my research and teaching also include methodologies from socio-legal studies, anthropology, and sociology, such as field work and quantitative and qualitative methodologies, especially in the form of empirical data and interviews.

Courses Taught

  • Sex, Gender and Power
  • Women and Economic Development
  • International Law
  • Gender, Politics and Society
  • Social Movements and Protest: from the Dawn of Times to the Streets of Cairo.
  • In Search of a Home: Moroccan Jews in the Moroccan Diaspora. In, Out and Back.