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Daphna Hacker (Hebrew: דפנה האקר‎; born 16 April 1969) is an associate professor at the Tel Aviv University Law Faculty and Women and Gender Studies Program. After publishing Legalized Families in the Era of Bordered Globalization, Hacker was awarded the 2018 LSA Jacob Book Prize.

Daphna Hacker
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Born (1969-04-16) 16 April 1969 (age 50)
Academic background
EducationLL.B, 1994, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
LL.M., 1996, Washington College of Law
PhD., 2004, Tel Aviv University
ThesisMotherhood’, ‘Fatherhood’, and Law: A Sociological Analysis of the Field that Shapes Custody and Visitation Arrangements (2004)
Academic work
Sub-disciplinefamily law, feminist jurisprudence
InstitutionsHebrew University of Jerusalem
The Academic College of Tel Aviv–Yaffo
Tel Aviv University

Early life and educationEdit

Hacker was born to two young parents studying to be lawyers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. At the age of eight, she was sexually assaulted near her grandparents' house, and again while serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Hacker cites these events during her formative years as the reason she became a lawyer and is passionate about injustice.[1]

After attending Rene Cassin Alliance High School and serving in the IDF, Hacker earned her LL.B in 1994 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.[2] She then moved to North America where she graduated with an LL.M. at the Washington College of Law in 1996.[3]


From 1993 to 1994, Hacker was a research assistant for Michael Atlan at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Law Faculty. From there, she worked as a law clerk at Veisglass-Almagor Law Firm and was later admitted to the Israel Bar Association. By 2000, Hacker was teaching at Tel Aviv University. Originally a teacher in their Sociology and Anthropology department, she was promoted to assistant professor at the Law Faculty and the Women and Gender Studies Program by 2005.[4] In 2007, she began advocating for legislation ratifying Israeli law that treats single or married women differently.[5] She described that she has received bodily threats from mens rights organizations for her advocacy, including the slashing of her tires, threatening phone calls, and calls to her employer.[1]

After receiving a grant from the New Israel Fund, Hacker joined the Israeli Women's Network (IWN) and served for a decade as a Board Member of the Itach-Maaki Women Lawyers for Social Justice organization.[6] In 2010, she received a nomination to the Young Scholars in Humanities and Social Science Forum of the Israeli Academy of Science.[7]

In 2011, Hacker resigned from the Governmental Committee on Parental Responsibility upon Divorce.[8] The following year, she published Family Issues from a Legal Perspective through the Modan Publishing House and the Ministry of Defense.[9] In 2013, she was awarded the Katan Award for the Advancement of Gender Justice through Voluntary Work.[4] For her work on women in Israel, she was the inaugural winner of the "Small Signal award," named after Yossi Klein, whom the non-profit Female Spirit Association gives to women who volunteer for gender justice.[10]

Beginning in 2014, she became the chief editor of Tel-Aviv University Law Review.[4]

In 2018, she was appointed head of the gender program at Tel Aviv University.[11] As well, her book Cross-Border Exploitation through the Familial Lens, published by the Cambridge University Press, won the 2018 LSA Herbert Jacob Book Prize.[12]


  1. ^ a b Levi-Weinriv, Ella (16 June 2019). ""צריך להיאבק שלא תהיה מדינת הלכה": המשפטנית דפנה הקר בשיחה פתוחה על פמיניזם ומערכת המשפט". (in Hebrew). Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  2. ^ "פרופ' דפנה הקר דרור". Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  3. ^ "AUWCL Alumna Daphna Hacker Wins the 2018 Law and Society Association Award". 7 June 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Daphna Hacker CV" (PDF). / Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  5. ^ "רווקה וטוב לה" (in Hebrew). Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Our Board". Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  7. ^ "The Dafna Fund Team". Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  8. ^ Cohen, Gill (13 September 2011). "Expert Committee Clashes Over Child Custody Laws". Haaretz. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  9. ^ Lee, Vered (28 June 2012). "Standing Up for Sane Balances and Parents' Rights". Haaretz. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  10. ^ ""אות קטן" על שם פרופ' יוסי קטן לד"ר דפנה הקר". (in Hebrew). 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  11. ^ "פרופ' דפנה הקר: מגדירה מחדש". (in Hebrew). 3 June 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Prof. Daphna Hacker is the recipient of the Herbert Jacob Book Prize!". / 14 May 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2019.