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Dr Natalie Ohana

Lecturer

Amory B302

Natalie joined the Law School in 2016 as a lecturer and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow. She holds a PhD from University College London, an LLM (Magna Cum Laude) and an LLB from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Natalie is a module convenor of the module Law, Testimony and Trauma for Year 3 students, she is part of the Legal Foundation core module team, a Senior Personal Tutor for Law and the Coordinator of Law's Decolonising the Curriculum Working Group. 

Natalie's area of research is the intersection between law and trauma through a socio legal perspective. Her research interests also include critical legal pedagogy and decolonising legal research methods. Her Postdoctoral Fellowship which started in 2016 and ended in 2020 looked into the roles legal systems play in either enabling or facilitating change in the conditions necessary for traumatic events to take place and recur. From 2018, the project focused on the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry through working directly with a group of the bereaved families of Grenfell Tower and with residents of North Kensington, to understand their their perceptions towards and experiences of acting as participants to the Inquiry. 

Natalie's PhD in UCL examined the legal knowledge around domestic violence in the UK and revealed the engrained and structural discourse-related barriers that prevent its change. 

While in UCL Natalie worked with women who resided in a refuge in London to understand their experiences of legal proceedings related to domestic violence. Natalie examined whether by integrating art with dialogue it becomes possible to understand the subtlties and deeper layers of experiences, a method she emplyed in the work with the Grenfell community as well. Natalie was awarded the UCL Public Engagmenet Award for the work in the refuge. For more information on the work in the refuge and the use of art in the workshops see the Ted Talk: Beyond Words: Breaking the Boundaries of Legal Language.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ydrf7DljfQ

Before her PhD Natalie was a lawyer and head of legal department in Isha L'Isha, a refuge for women who suffered domestic violence and their children in Jerusalem, representing women in legal proceedings in civil and religous courts and advocating for legislative and policy change in a national level. 

 

Natalie's office hours are Mondays 1pm to 5pm. In person and virtual appointments are possible. Please use this link to book an appointment: https://calendly.com/n-ohana/15min

 

Research group links

Research interests

The intersection between law and trauma through a socio legal prism

Decolonising socio-legal research methods

Critical legal pedagogy 

 

Publications

Natalie Ohana, The Politics of the Production of Knowledge on Trauma: The Grenfell Tower Inquiry, Journal of Law and Society, forthcoming, 2021

Natalie Ohana, The Archaeology of the Courts' Domestic Violence Discourse: Discourse as a Knowledge-Sustaining System, Feminists@Law, 9(2) 2019 

https://journals.kent.ac.uk/index.php/feministsatlaw/article/view/913

Natalie Ohana, Beyond Words: Breaking the Boundaries of Legal Language, Feminists@Law, 6(1), 2016

Natalie Ohana, Portraying the Legal in Socio-Legal Studies through Legal-Naming Events, in: Exploring the Legal In Socio Legal Studies, pg. 80 - 98, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015

Research supervision

Phd:

Alya Zoabi, Anti-colonial and feminist advocacy in Israel Palestine (Co supervised with Dr Katie Natanel, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter)

External impact and engagement

Institutional discrimination and the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry - workshops with the survivors and members of the bereaved families of Grenfell Tower, September 2019:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flqI7Xx3oDE

 

Ted talk: Beyond Words: Breaking the Boundaries of Legal Language/ Natalie Ohana

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ydrf7DljfQ

 

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