Nadera Shalhoub Kevorkian

Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian


Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian is a Palestinian legal scholar and activist. She currently serves as the Lawrence D. Biele Chair of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Gender Studies Program Director at Mada al-Carmel—Arab Center for Applied Social Research. Ms. Shalhoub-Kevorkian was the first female Palestinian to be tenured in the Israeli university system. She is a prolific author, with most of her work pertaining to the rights of Palestinian women in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Ms. Shalhoub-Kevorkian established the first domestic violence hotline for Palestinian women, and has since traveled the Middle East to advise other women’s groups on how to offer similar services to female victims of domestic violence.

In the words of the HLS community member who nominated her, Ms. Shalhoub-Kevorkian “stands up for women and offers them opportunities to have their own dreams realized.” “Nadera was hugely helpful in my decision to attend Harvard Law School. She remains a close friend, colleague, and mentor. I truly can’t say enough positive things about her! This would be an honor for Nadera to receive, but it would also be extremely meaningful to me, to see such a wonderful and hard-working person acknowledged for all that she does.”

Shalhoub-Kevorkian received an M.A. in 1989 and a Ph.D. in 1994 from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.