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 an Associate 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.), she has published extensively in her areas of expertise, including a book on Women in Israel that was published by University of Pennsylvania Press. She is a renowned speaker in academic as well as in 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 a number of important research grants, including the GenderNet Horizon202 from the EU, and three time from the Israel Science Foundation (ISF).
In 2018 she was named on Apolitical's 100 most influential people in gender policy around the world. In July 2007 she has been awarded with 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 with 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 Economic Consequences of Family Relations and their Dissolution; and has 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.
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