Irus Braverman is Professor of Law and Adjunct Professor of
Geography at SUNY Buffalo, where she teaches Criminal Procedure,
Law and Nature, and topics related to legal geography. 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. During this time, 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.
Braverman’s first monograph, House Demolitions in East Jerusalem: ‘Illegality’ and Resistance (Hebrew), focuses on how planning laws and regulations applied in East Jerusalem create a discriminatory urban landscape and produce illegal spaces. In her second monograph, Planted Flags: Trees, Land, and Law in Israel/Palestine (Cambridge University Press, 2009), Braverman describes how acts of planting and uprooting trees have facilitated the struggle over land and identity in Israel/Palestine. Finally, Zooland: The Institution of Captivity (Stanford University Press, 2012) draws on more than seventy interviews with zoo managers and administrators as well as animal activists to offer a glimpse into the otherwise unknown complexities of modern zoos, thereby making surprising interconnections between our understandings of the human and the nonhuman.
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, and is currently co-editing a volume of critical essays on legal geography, The Expanding Spaces of Law: A Timely Legal Geography (forthcoming, Stanford University Press). Her new project, “Managing Nature,” explores current conservation narratives and their relation to nature.