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Research Interests
Anthropology of law; human rights; colonialism; STS, critical legal studies

Research Areas
Palestine/Israel, UN Geneva


Before joining the independent Research Group AIming Toward the Future: Governance, Policing, and Artificial Intelligence, Maya Avis studied for her MA and PhD at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. Her dissertation considers the organisation of the legal environment in Palestine/Israel, with a particular focus on Palestinian Bedouin land claims in the Naqab region of southern Israel and in the West Bank. The research was based on extensive ethnographic research. Avis earned her BA from SOAS, University of London. In 2018, she was a visiting fellow at the Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University, and in 2019/2020 worked as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Lausanne.

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