Research

Modeling Repressive Policing

  • Modeling Repressive Policing 1
  • Modeling Repressive Policing 2
  • Modeling Repressive Policing 3

How can we explain the  gap between normative expectations of the right to protest in liberal democracies and the continued practice of repressive protest policing?

In this research, we put forward a novel three-tiered methodology of scaled reading, which is able to examine all these explanations together. We use scaled reading to analyze the protocols of the Or Commission of Inquiry, which investigated lethal clashes between Israeli police and the Arab minority in October 2000.

 

 

 

Changing the Lens on Survivor Testimony

  • Changing the Lens on Survivor Testimony 1
  • Changing the Lens on Survivor Testimony 2
  • Changing the Lens on Survivor Testimony 3

Widely considered to have ushered in “the era of the witness,” the Eichmann Trial, held in Israel in 1961, was the first atrocity trial to concentrate on survivors’ narratives in its investigation of the crimes of the Holocaust. Despite the Court’s proclamation that the stories told by survivors were “by-products” of the trial, over the years, scholarship on the trial focused mainly on the pivotal role survivors’ testimony had in shaping the collective memory of the Holocaust and the trial’s broader social impact. 

In this research, I seek to re-assess the role of victim testimony in the Eichmann trial while bridging two gaps: First, a methodological gap between close and distant reading of survivor narratives. Second, a disciplinary gap between the trial’s legal appreciation and its socio-cultural impact.

In order to do so, I present a computational scaled reading model that engages with all the narratives comprising the Eichmann Trial and compare the resonance of these narratives with the final judgment.  

 

Listening from Afar

  • Listening from Afar 1
  • Listening from Afar 2

Despite the recognized importance of witness testimony in addressing systematic violence and human rights violations, reflected in the participation of large numbers of witnesses in international legal processes, establishing facts based on oral testimonies in international criminal tribunals remains a contentious matter. 
In this research I develop a new model for assessing judicial attention to and engagement with testimonial narratives, in particular of victims of sexual violence, by conceptualizing the testimonies as “textual datasets.”  Harnessing the large number of testimonies in international criminal trials, I use topic modeling in order to explore latent themes and semantic fields that could benefit the legal process and its critical scholarly appreciation.