Frances Raday


Professor Frances Raday is the Director of the Concord Institute for the Study of the Absorption of International Law in Israel in the academic track of the College of Management Academic Studies. Her career combines academic research and teaching with human rights activism. Raday was the former chairperson (2010-2017) of the working group of the United Nations Human Rights Committee examining discrimination against women. She acted from 2000 to 2018, as a UN independent human rights expert, first on the CEDAW Committee and subsequently as a Special Rapporteur for the Human Rights Council.

Raday also formerly served as chairperson of the Advisory Committee to the Commission for Equal Opportunities in Work, and as the founding chairperson of the Legal Center of the Israel Women’s Network. She has represented numerous petitioners in groundbreaking Supreme Court cases concerning claims for rights in the fields of labor law, human rights, and discrimination.

Raday is Professor Emerita, Hebrew University, Elias Lieberman Chair in Labour Law; Honorary Professor, University College London; and Doctor Honoris, University of Copenhagen. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her work, including the Bar-Niv Prize for Labor Law, the Israel’s Bar Prize for Outstanding Attorneys, and an award from the Israel Women’s Network for exceptional contribution.