It is our pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Hilly Moodrick-Even Khen! Hilly is a senior lecturer of public international law at The Academic Center of Law and Science (Sha’arei Mishpat College) in Israel. She obtained her LL.D. from the law faculty of the Hebrew University (2007). She has an M.A. in philosophy (Magna Cum Laude) from Tel Aviv University (2001), an LL.B. from the Interdisciplinary Center of Herzlyia (2000), and a B.A. in humanities from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1996). Her research and teaching focus on international humanitarian law, international criminal law, and philosophical-juridical interdisciplinary scholarship.
Hilly published two books: National Identities and the Right to Self -Determination of Peoples: “Civic- Nationalism- Plus” in Israel and Other Multinational States (Brill/Nijhoff, 2016) and Terrorism and International Law: Combatants and Civilians in Modern Battlefields (the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2010). Her other publications in scientific journals have dealt with such issues as the duties of occupying states, targeted killings, child terrorists, and women as victims of sexual crimes in armed conflicts.
In addition to teaching, Hilly lectures extensively on her scholarly work both at academic conferences and before practitioners in the fields of law. In June 2011, she was invited by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict to speak before states representatives in the UN offices on her research on child terrorists. Since 2010, Hilly is a member of the International Law Association (ILA) study group on the use of domestic law principles for the development of international law. She also served as a judge in moot courts and in September 2016, she served as jury member (judge) on the prestigious annual competition in International Humanitarian Law in Israel, organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), for which most prominent experts in the field are chosen to serve as judges.
She dedicates her contribution to the artist Frida Kahlo. Hilly writes:
Frida Kahlo is both a cutting -edge artist and a role model for feminists and minority groups. As a successful idiosyncratic woman in a field that was for a long time dominated by men, Kahlo is an inspiration for me in my academic research in international humanitarian law and international criminal law- fields that not so long ago were also dominated by male scholars. Just as Kahlo gave expression in her work to the female voice and experience, I believe that women should write and research those fields of law, voicing their insights and their perspectives.