Isabel Marcus

Marcus, Isabel.

Professor Emerita

Research Focus: Domestic Violence, Family Law, International Human Rights, International Women’s Human Rights, Remedies

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our friend and colleague Isabel Marcus. A beloved faculty member at our law school from 1982 to 2019, Prof. Marcus leaves behind a legacy of fearless advocacy for women's rights and gender equality issue, domestically and abroad.

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Isabel Marcus is a founder of the Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender at UB. She served as chair of the Department of Women’s Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences from 1997 to 2002. She is on the board of directors of the Network of East-West Women, an international non-governmental organization. She received her J.D., M.A. in African studies and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Marcus’ longstanding research interests have been in the area of family law, domestic violence and international women’s human rights. Her current research project is a comparative analysis of the implementation of law regarding domestic violence in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Marcus has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar (Romania 1997, Macedonia 2003-04), a fellow of the Bunting Institute, a participant in the Fulbright Senior Scholar Roster and an International Scholar for the Open Society Institute (Soros Foundation) Higher Education Support Program in Eastern Europe. She has taught extensively in universities in Eastern Europe (Poland, Russia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Slovakia and Georgia) and Asia (People’s Republic of China, India, Pakistan and Thailand). She taught family law, comparative family, women’s human rights and topics in women’s rights.