The TraffLab research project began in April 2018.  We are working on various research projects. Here are some of the titles we are working on. We will upload further work in progress and published work as soon as we can, as it becomes available. Meanwhile, if any of this research interests you please contact us at, or contact the authors individually.

  Human Trafficking - Definitions

Maayan Niezna, Forced Labour of Migrant Workers – Conceptual and Practical Challenges with Legal Definitions.


  Bilateral Agreements on Migration and other Migration Regimes

Yuval Livnat, Israel's Bilateral Agreements with Source Countries of Migrant Workers: What is Covered, What is Ignored and Why? (December 17, 2019). Available at SSRN: 


Assaf Bondy and Hila Shamir, Spectrums of Agency and Vulnerability: Migration Regimes and Sectoral Segmentation in the Israeli Construction Sector.

Hanny Ben Israel and Yahel Kurlander, The Day After: New and Old Configurations of Employment and Recruitment of Migrant Workers in the Age of Bilateral Agreements.

Avinoam Cohen and Yahel Kurlander, Migration as a Tryptich: Regime Change, Global Trends and the Regulation of Migrant Labor for Israeli Agriculture.

Tamar Megiddo, Learning from the BITS: Bilateral Labor Agreements in Comparative Perspective.

Avinoam Cohen, Decentered Migration Governance.

Yahel Kurlander and Matan Kaminer, Permanent Workers in the Backyard: The Employment of Thai Migrant Farmworkers in the Israeli Countryside, Horizons in Geography (forthcoming, 2020). [Hebrew]

Yahel Kurlander and Shahar Shoham, Intersectional Perspective of Women Labor Migrants in a Men-Dominated Occupation: The Agriculture Sector Case .

Yahel Kurlander, Shahar Shoham and Matan Kaminer, Crucial Yet Disavowed: Three Decades of Relations between Israeli Farmers and Thai Migrant Workers  (submitted for publication).

  National Legislation and Regulation

Hila Shamir, Feminist Approaches to the Regulation of Sex Work: Patterns in Transnational Governance Feminist Law Making, 52 Cornell Int'l  L.J. (2019). [Full Text]

Jon Davies, Criminological Reflections on the Regulation and Governance of Labour Exploitation, Trends Organ Crime (2019).

[Full text, available at SSRN:] The final publication is available at:


Nomi Levenkron, Can the Master’s Tools Dismantle His House? Legislation as a Tool for Social Change: Criminalization of Customers in Sweden and Israel as a Case Study, Hukim (forthcoming, 2021). [Hebrew] [Draft]

Hanny Ben Israel, The Fragile String to Life Itself – Labor, Migration and Care between Altruism and Instrumentalism.

Yahel Kurlander and Yuval Livnat, Opening the Black Box of Recruitment Fees – Between Agency and Structure.

   שקד הרן, העסקה קבלנית של עובדות הניקיון באוניברסיטת תל אביב – נקודת מבט ביקורתית (עבודת מחקר,דצמבר 2019).[מאמר להורדה]

  Workers’ Organizations

Yonat Ben Ozer, Worker Driven Social Responsibility: A Novel Tool Against Human Trafficking.


  Corporate Responsibility and Supply Chains

Tamar Barkay, Jon Davies, Irene Pietropaoli and Hila Shamir, Disruption in Construction: Anti-trafficking Chains in the UK Construction Sector.

Jon Davies, Corporate Harm and Embedded Labour Exploitation in Food Supply Networks, European Journal of Criminology (September 12, 2019). [Full text, available at SSRN:] The final published version of this article is available here.

Jon Davies, Labour Exploitation and Posted Workers in the European Construction Industry, in WHAT IS 'EUROPEAN' ABOUT WHITE-COLLAR AND CORPORATE CRIMES IN EUROPE? A COLLECTION OF ESSAYS (Bristol: Bristol University Press, forthcoming). Abstract available at SSRN:


TraffLab is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. 
Grant agreement No 756672. 

Principal Investigator: Hila Shamir
Host Institution: Tel Aviv University, Israel
Duration: 5 years
Start date: April 1st, 2018

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