TraffLab Research Fellow
Dr. Tamar Megiddo is a research fellow at the TraffLab (ERC) Research Project.
She has received her Doctorate and Master’s degree in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law (J.S.D. ’16, LL.M. 12’), and her bachelor’s from the Hebrew University (LL.B. ’09). In AY 2019-2020 she will serve as an adjunct professor at Tel Aviv University and at the College for Law and Business, teaching international and immigration law and heading an immigration law clinic. She will also serve as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Haifa, as part of the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions, and as a teaching fellow and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Megiddo’s previous fellowships include the Lady Davis Fellowship at the Hebrew University (2017-2018) and the GlobalTrust (ERC) Research Project’s doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships at Tel Aviv University (2015-2017). Megiddo’s research explores the interaction between the individual and the law. She is interested in the way law shapes the lives of people and in the way people utilize law to impact their own lives, thereby also constantly changing and reshaping law itself. Focusing particularly on non-elite, ‘ordinary’ individual people, she seeks to conceptualize the role that people play in the everyday practice of law, focusing particularly on international law, cyber law and domestic public law.
Research at TraffLab: Megiddo’s research project at Trafflab considers the bourgeoning trend of bilateral labor agreements (BLAs) in comparison with the entrenched international practice of bilateral investment treaties (BITs). Foreign direct investment and labor migration, it is argued, are two sides of the same coin: the globalized economy. In terms of international legal regulation, both of these areas have been regulated bilaterally, as opposed to multilaterally. This choice may be explained by the stark North/South divide between sending and receiving countries. This project seeks to identify the commonalities and differences in the evolutionary stories of bilateral investment treaties and bilateral labor agreements. It is also suggested that, due to their relatively early stage of development, BLAs may still be amenable to influence through proposing best practices or promoting a Model BLA to be adopted by states.
Tamar Megiddo, Obscurity and Nonbindingness in the Regulation of Labor Migration, 23(2) Theoretical Inquiries in Law, Special Issue: Bilateral Agreements 95-112 (2022). [Full Text]