Prof. Noya Rimalt

Law and Feminism, Criminal Law, Law and Society

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Noya Rimalt is a Professor of Law at the University of Haifa. She joined the University of Haifa Law Faculty after serving as the founding director of the first Israeli clinical program in civil rights that was established under her leadership in 1993 and operated until 1999 at Tel-Aviv University.

Professor Rimalt teaches various courses in the areas of criminal law, gender studies and feminist legal theory. In recent years she was a visiting professor at the University of Toronto Centre for Ethics and a visiting faculty at Georgetown Law Center and at the Washington College of Law at American University. She currently serves as the co-director of the Center for Gender, Law and Policy and as the co-director of the Center for the Study of Crime, Law & Society.

Professor Rimalt received her LL.B from Tel-Aviv University, her LL.M (Summa Cum Laude) (as a New Israel Fund Civil Liberties Fellow) from Washington College of Law at American University and a Ph.D in Law (J.S.D) from Tel-Aviv University. She has won the Raul Wallenberg Prize for Outstanding Research in Human Rights for her Ph.D dissertation.

Professor Rimalt’s scholarship examines the intersections of gender, law and feminism in both legal theory and practice. She has written articles on numerous issues such as female offenders, sexual harassment, gender and multiculturalism, women in the military, female conscientious objectors, motherhood and work, abortions, criminalizing the client in prostitution, gender segregation in academic programs for the Ultra-Orthodox, pay equity and affirmative action. She has published extensively in leading law journals. Her book Legal Feminism from Theory to Practice: The Struggle for Gender Equality in Israel and the United States has been published in 2010. Professor Rimalt is the recipient of the 2018-2019 Excellence in Teaching Award.