The Clinic for Migrants' Rights-
Adv. Yonatan Berman and Dr. Tally Krtizman-Amir
About the Clinic:
The Clinic for Migrants' Rights deals with all aspects of the phenomenon of migration to Israel via public activity and legal representation of various groups of migrants, such as migrant workers, migrant children and asylum seekers.
As in many other developed countries, the surge in numbers of migrants and the complex issues both the migrants themselves and society must deal with, are accompanied by an increasing extent of legal activity in Israel. The clinic works directly with migrants and with various players in the NGO community in Israel and international actors, such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. With the close involvement of sudents, it provides legal representation to individual migrants and at the same time strives, through its legal activity, to advance principle issues concerning the rights of the various types of migrants.
About the Internship:
The Migrants Rights Clinic offers the students an opportunity to experience the complexity of questions involving rights of persons who are staying in Israel without legal status. Students will work, under the supervision of the Clinic Director, Adv. Yonatan Berman, who is one of the leading immigration lawyers and scholars in Israel, on individual cases of asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors and migrant workers, as well as on impact litigation matters and policy recommendation.
The students will be required to submit a short research paper in which they critically examine a matter that they dealt with in their practical work, from a comparative and theoretical angle.
Clinic Director- Advocate Yonatan Berman:
Attorney Yonatan Berman received his LL.B. from the Law Faculty at Tel Aviv University in 2004 (Magna cum Laude) and his LL.M from Columbia University in 2009 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar) and wrote his Master's Thesis on burden sharing and responsibility allocation in the context of Refugee Law, and was a fellow at the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School from 2008 to 2009. He worked at the legal department of the Israeli LGBT Association from 2002 to 2003, at the legal department of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel from 2004 to 2005, and as legal counsel at the Hotline for Migrant Workers from 2005 to 2011.
Academic Supervisor- Dr. Tally Krtizman-Amir
Dr. Tally Kritzman-Amir 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 Hanadic fellowship, as well as several prizes including the Wolf prize for PhD candidates and the Cegla prize for best student article. From February 2010, Tally will also serve 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.
" 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 – in particular, Professor Kritzman-Amir and Yonatan Berman – 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. "
Lillian Langford, HLS, February 2012