Dr. Karin Carmit Yefet

Family Law, Sexuality, Gender, and the Law, Feminist Legal Theory, Constitutional Law and Human Rights Law

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Dr. Karin Carmit Yefet is an Associate Professor and a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa. She is also a member of the Israel Young Academy as well of the Global Young Academy which includes the world's top 200 young scientists across all disciplines. She earned her Master's degree and doctorate from Yale Law School as a Fulbright and Fischman scholar, and completed the LL.B. & LL.M. Honors program at Bar-Ilan University summa cum laude and first in class.  Her award-winning scholarship on family law and feminist legal theory has been published in leading journals and focuses on the impact of religion on various dimensions of women's life from feminist, comparative, and constitutional perspectives. She has also written extensively on issues pertaining to the family, the military, Orientalism (Mizrahi/Sephardic legal studies) and female sexuality.

Dr. Yefet clerked in the Israeli Supreme Court (for the Hon. Justice Jacob Türkel), served as a senior adviser to the State Committee for investigating Israel’s adherence to International Humanitarian Law, and advised the Israeli Ministry of Justice as well as the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs on women’s rights issues, including with respect to the Report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council.

Dr. Yefet was awarded numerous competitive grants, prizes and scholarships, including the BIU Provost’s prize (for three consecutive years), the Israel Bar Prize, The Israeli Parliament and the Israel Committee of University Heads prize, the Cegla Prize for Best Article, the Justice Cheshin Prize for Academic Excellence in Law, the Dusty and Ettie Miller Prize for Outstanding Young Scholar, the Israeli Sociology Society Award for Best Article, The Gorney Prize for Junior Scholars for the Best Article in Public Law The Society For Medicine and Law Prize for Best Article and an Outstanding Lecturer Award, . Some of her articles have won international competitions, including those organized by the Harry Krause Emerging Family Law Scholars Workshop (twice), the Stanford-Pennsylvania International Junior Faculty Forum, and the University of Michigan Young Scholars' Conference. Her article on the right to marital freedom was selected for the prestigious Constitutional Law Series as one of  the world's “most important and influential works” on gender in constitutional law.


  • J.S.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science), Yale Law School  
  • LL.M. (Master of Laws), Yale Law School
  • LL.M., Honors program, summa cum laude (ranked 1st in class) Bar Ilan University
  • LL.B., summa cum laude (ranked 1st in class)  Bar Ilan University

Fields of Interest

  • Israeli, Jewish and Islamic Family Law
  • Sexuality, Gender, and the Law
  • Feminist Legal Theory
  • Race, Orientalism (Mizrahiness) and the Law
  • Constitutional Law and Human Rights Law
  • Religious Law
  • Private International Law

Honors, Awards, Scholarships, and Grants

  • The Israeli Association of Public Law's Gorney Prize for Outstanding Scholars in Public Law
  • The Society For Medicine and Law Prize for Best Article
  • The Humanities and Social Sciences fund of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities
  • Winner of the Israel Science Foundation research grant for 2017-2020
  • Winner of The Israel Ministry of Science, Technology and Space Research Grant for the Promotion of Gender Equality
  • Winner of the Israel Institute faculty research grant
  • Winner of the Bar Ilan University Center for Jewish and Democratic Law grant
  • The Justice Cheshin Prize for Academic Excellence for the Best Junior Researcher  
  • The Dusty and Ettie Miller Prize for Outstanding Young Scholar (a university-wide prize awarded to one scholar per year)
  • The Cegla Prize for the Best Article of a Young Legal Scholar
  • The Israeli Sociology Society Eliyahu Guttman Prize for Best Article
  • Winning paper selected for the Stanford-Penn International Junior Faculty Forum
  • Winning paper selected for the Harry Krause Emerging Family Law Scholars Workshop (twice)
  • An Outstanding Lecturer Award
  • An HSBC International Fellowship for Leading Young Scholars
  • Lillian Goldman Scholarship, Yale Law School
  • Fulbright Fellowship
  • The E. David Fischman Scholarship (awarded to the best Doctoral Students in Law, Political Science, and Economics)
  • The BIU Provost's Prize (for three consecutive years)
  • The Bar Ilan Law Faculty Excellence Scholarship
  • Israeli Bar Association Prize
  • The Knesset (The Israeli Parliament) and the Israel Committee of University Heads Prize
  • An Israeli Prime Minister’s Adviser for Social and Welfare Affairs Citation for Outstanding Community Service

Selected Information

  • Editor in Chief of the JACOB TÜRKEL FESTSCHRIFT: STUDIES IN LAW, PHILOSOPHY, AND THEORY, (together with Chief Justice Aaron Barak and Deputy Justice Elyakim Rubinstein, forthcoming, 2018)
  • Editor in Chief of Lawatch - The University of Haifa Law Review Online
  • Adviser to the State Commission Appointed to Investigate the Maritime Incident of May 31, 2010
  • Member of the Yale Leadership Society (up to ten members are selected from the entire Yale student body)
  • (Former) Editor of the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, the Yale Law and Policy Review, the Bar Ilan Law Review, and the Ono Academic College Law Review
  • Worked at Plimpton & Debevoise, NY, USA and served as a reporter to the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) on behalf of the State of Israel
  •  Clerked at the Israel Supreme Court (chambers of the Hon. Justice Jacob Türkel) and at the Dr. Jacob Weinroth & Co. Law Office