Works in Progress Series Featuring Erez Aloni
February 19, 2014
UCLA Law- Room 1314
About: Despite the call for increased recognition of nontraditional families (same-sex marriage, non-intimate partners, cohabiting couples), relationship recognition does not always benefit couples and can work to the particular disadvantage of vulnerable families. In fact, in some cases, the state already legally recognizes some unmarried partners, but only in order to withhold or terminate a benefit that stems from the relationships (and not to bestow any other benefits or rights flowing from the relationships)-a phenomenon that the Article terms “deprivative recognition.” The Article contends that this deprivative recognition phenomenon raises questions of the correlation between distributive justice and cultural recognition in family law.
Bio: Erez Aloni received his LL.B., magna cum laude, from the College of Management School of Law in Israel, where he participated in a legal clinic providing legal assistance for mentally ill patients and served as a teaching assistant in constitutional law. Following law school, Aloni worked at one of Israel’s leading law firms, M. Firon and Co., in the field of constitutional litigation. Professor Erez Aloni joined the faculty of Whittier Law School in 2013.
His main research and teaching interests lie in the legal regulations surrounding the lives of the family, in particular those of complex family forms and nonmarital partnerships. His previous work examined the political and legal processes that induce changes in the laws governing non-nuclear families, as well as access barriers to advanced assisted reproductive technologies. His current projects focus on a “menu-of-options” for legal recognition of relationships; legal policies that affect the lives of nonrecognized family units; and promoting redistribution of resources as a goal of family law. Aloni uses diverse methodologies, including comparative perspectives, critical theory, demography, and social science.
Before joining the faculty of Whittier Law School, Aloni held the Center for Reproductive Rights Fellowship at Columbia Law School, where he pursued both grassroots work at the Center for Reproductive Rights—a global reproductive rights organization—and an academic research agenda at Columbia Law School. Prior to the fellowship, Aloni completed his master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he also taught a seminar on Sexuality and the Law. Aloni’s graduate studies focused on challenges to family law in the twenty-first century.