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

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 

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

  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). The final publication is available at: 


Nomi Levenkron and Hila Shamir, Can the Master’s Tools Dismantle the Master’s House? Legislation as a Tool for Social Change – A Case Study of Prostitution End Demand Laws in Israel and Sweden

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, The Fair Food Program in Israel


  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 (12 September, 2019). [Full text


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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