Natalie Davidson

Research Fellow (2015-2016)
Staff Alumni

Natalie Davidson is an SJD candidate at Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Law, and a 2015-2016 research fellow at the Rapoport Center and visiting scholar at the University of Texas Austin School of Law. Her dissertation revisits seminal human rights cases filed under the Alien Tort Statute, examining how they have contributed to the legal and social construction of political violence committed in the Cold War's Western bloc. Through a combination of legal analysis, discourse analysis, archival research and ethnographic methods she examines how these cases have been constructed in legal proceedings in the United States and (re)interpreted and deployed by parties, the media, civil society organisations and state actors in the countries where the litigated abuses were committed, Paraguay and the Philippines. Natalie holds a joint LLB-Maîtrise (King's College London and Université Paris I) and an LLM (University of London), and practiced corporate law for over five years. She also taught French at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. At the Rapoport Center, Natalie chairs the Editorial Committee of the Working Paper Series and coordinates the Graduate Student Affiliate Program.