Daphna Hacker is a Full Professor at the Tel Aviv University Law Faculty and the Head of the Women and Gender Studies Program at the Faculty of Humanities. She researches and teaches with a focus on the intersection of law, families and gender.
She has published numerous articles in leading legal and socio-legal journals, including Law and Social Inquiry, Harvard Journal of Human Rights, Cornell Law Review, and International Journal of Law in Context. She is also the author of three books, the latest, published by Cambridge University Press and titled "Legalized Families in the Era of Bordered Globalization", wan the LSA Herbert Jacob 2018 Award for Best Book in Law & Society. The other two, published in Hebrew, are: Family Issues through the Lens of the Law (2012), and Parenthood in the Law – behind the Scene of Custody and Visitation upon Divorce (2008).
Prof. Hacker received her LL.B. from the Hebrew University and her LL.M. from American University Washington College of Law, graduating summa cum laude, and holds a Ph.D., summa cum laude, from the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Tel Aviv University (2004). She has received numerous grants and prizes, including three research grants from the Israel Science Foundation (2009-2011; 2015-2017, 2021-2023) and a nomination to the Israeli Academy of Science Young Scholars in Humanities and Social Science Forum (2010). Prof. Hacker has been a visiting professor at Cornell, Hong Kong University, and the University of Warsaw, and will be a visiting researcher at King’s College London during August 2022-January 2023.
She served as Chief Editor of Tel Aviv University Law Review (Vol. 39-40); Prof. Hacker was a board member of the Israeli Women's Network, and the Head of the Steering Committee of the Knowledge Center on Women and Gender, on behalf of the Ministry of Science and Technology. She served on the Governmental Committee on Aspects of Parental Responsibility upon Divorce; and was a founding member of Itach-Maaki Women Lawyers for Social Justice. For her public service on behalf of women, she has been given the Katan Award for the Advancement of Gender Justice through Voluntary Work (2013), and the Jewel Bellush Outstanding Israeli Feminist Award, by NCJW (2019). Prof. Hacker was elected, as an independent expert, to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women for the term 2023-2026.