Irus Braverman is Professor of Law and Adjunct Professor of Geography at the University at Buffalo, where she teaches Wildlife and Biodiversity Law, Law and Genetics, Israel/Palestine: Environmental Justice Issues, and topics related to law and animals. Her main interests lie in the interdisciplinary study of law, geography, and anthropology. Writing within this nexus, Braverman has conducted ethnographic research of illegal houses, trees, checkpoints, public toilets, and zoos. Born in Jerusalem, Braverman acquired a law degree (LL.B.) and a Master’s in Criminology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She served as a public state prosecutor and as an environmental lawyer, both in Israel, and was also trained as a mediator and worked as a community organizer for environmental justice issues and as a political activist. Braverman acquired her doctoral degree in law (SJD) from the University of Toronto. Before joining the School of Law, she was an Associate with the Humanities Center at Harvard University, a visiting fellow with the Human Rights Program at Harvard University Law School, a junior fellow with the Center of Criminology at the University of Toronto, and a visiting fellow with the Geography Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2013-4, Braverman held a dual fellowship at Cornell University's Society for the Humanities and at Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. In spring and fall 2014 she was a Ryskamp fellow of the American Council for Learned Societies (ACLS). In May 2015, Braverman was a visiting professor at UNSW in Sydney, Australia.
Braverman’s first book, House Demolitions in East Jerusalem: "Illegality" and Resistance (Hebrew, 2006), focuses on the bureaucracy that fostered and facilitated the construction of discriminatory urban landscapes in East Jerusalem. In Planted Flags: Trees, Land, and Law in Israel/Palestine (Cambridge University Press, 2009), Braverman explores how acts of planting and uprooting trees are employed in the struggle over land and identity in Israel/Palestine. Zooland: The Institution of Captivity (Stanford University Press, 2012) draws on more than seventy interviews with zoo managers and administrators to offer a glimpse into the otherwise unknown complexities of managing zoo animals. This book received the Independent Publisher Book Award in Current Events. Braverman’s co-edited collection of legal geography essays, The Expanding Spaces of Law: A Timely Legal Geography (Stanford University Press, 2014), illuminates the dynamic relationship between law and space. Next, Wild Life: The Institution of Captivity (Stanford University Press, 2015), documents the intensifying management of imperiled species in what is typically referred to as wild nature. Braverman is currently editing a collection entitled Animals, Biopolitics, Law: Lively Legalities (forthcoming, Routledge) that brings together anthropologists, geographers, and legal scholars to contemplate the possibilities of more-than-human law.
Braverman has also published essays in several collections and journals such as Antipode, Law and Society Review, Environment and Planning, Cultural Studies, Law and Social Inquiry, Cultural Critique, Buffalo Law Review, and PoLAR.