The Clinic for Migrants' Rights-
ADV. OSNAT COHEN-LIFSHITZ AND DR. TALLY KRITZMAN-AMIR
About the Clinic:
The Clinic for Migrants' Rights deals with all aspects of the rights of non-Jewish migrants to Israel via public outreach, advocacy and legal representation of various groups of migrants, such as migrant workers, migrant children and asylum seekers.
As in many other developed countries, Israel turned to a destination country for many categories of migrants, including refugees, asylum seekers, and migrant worker. This caused an increase in the extent of legal activity in this field in Israeli Courts. The clinic works directly with migrants and cooperates with various members in the NGO community in Israel as well as with international organizations, such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. With the close involvement of students, it provides legal representation to individual migrants and at the same time strives, through impact litigation and advocacy, to advance principle issues concerning the rights of the various types of migrants.
Recently the clinic was involved in the procedures before the Israeli High Court of Justice which challenged the constitutionally of the Infiltration Prevention Law, which allowed the prolonged detention of asylum seekers. Following the petitions submitted by the clinic, together with other NGOs, amendments to the law were struck down three times as the Court found them to be a violate the right to freedom.
Internship Options for International Students:
The Migrants Rights Clinic offers the students an opportunity to experience the complexity of questions involving rights immigrants to Israel. Students will work with the Clinic Director, Adv. Osnat Cohen-Lifshitz, who is one of the leading immigration lawyers in Israel, and the clinic academic supervisor, Dr. Adv. Tally Kritzman-Amir, a prominent scholar in the field of international human rights and refugee law,on individual cases of refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors and migrant workers, as well as on impact litigation matters and policy recommendation. Internship Dates are Flexible.
Clinic Director- Advocate Osnat Cohen Lifshitz:
Adv. Osnat Cohen Lifshitz is currently the Head of the Migrants Rights Clinic at the College for Law and Business in Ramat Gan, where she teaches a course in migration law. She also works as an attorney for Kav Laoved, a non-profit organization that specializes in workers' rights. Osnat previously worked as an attorney for the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants and at the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism. Osnat holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a Masters in law from Tel Aviv University, as well as a Masters degree in comparative religion and art history from Hebrew University.
Academic Supervisor- Dr. Tally Kritzman-Amir
Dr. Tally Kritzman-Amir is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Law and Business. She received her LLB from Tel Aviv University, Magna Cum Laude (2002). She received her PhD from Tel Aviv University after graduating from the direct PhD program, and wrote her thesis on “Socio-economic refugees” (2008). Tally was a Hauser Research scholar at New York University School of Law (2008-9) and a Fox International Fellow at Yale University. She also received the Fulbright fellowship and the Yad Hanadiv fellowship, as well as several prizes including the Wolf prize for PhD candidates and the Cegla prize for best student article.Tally served as a Polonsky Fellow in the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. Tally clerked for Justice Mishael Cheshin in the Israeli Supreme Court, and is a member of the Israeli bar since 2004. Her main research and teaching interests are immigration law, refugee law, clinical education, labor law and international law.
Lillian Langford, Harvard Law School, February 2012
Testimonial of International Intern:
" Working at the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at the CLB was an incredibly enriching experience. As an American law student, my understanding of the legal and political issues surrounding asylum in Israel were limited; after my three weeks working at the clinic, I felt I had a much better grasp on the situation and how Israel fits into the broader international debate on refugee rights. In large part, the very positive nature of my experience was due to the people I worked with – the director and the academic supervisor of the clinic – both of whom are not only experts in the field, but were extremely welcoming, kind, and inclusive during my short stay. Overall, I found everyone I interacted with at the CLB to be overwhelmingly friendly and knowledgeable. Whether it was a substantive question about the law in Israel or just advice on where to buy a SIM card or grab lunch, I never had to look far for help. "