Class Action Clinic
The Class Action Clinic is a pioneering endeavor in transforming legal theory into practice. The Clinic's activity combines academic studies with practical experience in the emerging field of Class Actions in Israel.
The Clinic's main objective is to improve the enforcement and implementation of the Class Actions Law (2006). The Clinic, as a public, non-profit organization, hopes to correct the inherent failures in the class action mechanism, especially those that are manifested in class action settlements. The clinic operates in cooperation with the Israeli Consumers Council and other public and non-profit organizations. It also aspires to realize educational goals, in familiarizing students with class action litigation, and studying the inherent conflicts and dilemmas in these procedures.
The Clinic monitors and supervises class action settlement proceedings, and when necessary, files objections to those settlements it deems inappropriate, in court. It also monitors the implementation of certified settlements, and ensures that defendants abide by the obligations they have committed to in those settlements.
In addition, the clinic also conducts empirical and theoretical legal research of class actions filed and litigated, in order to examine their effectiveness in realizing the goals set in section 1 of the Class Action Law – just, efficient, and effective access to courts.
Finally, the Clinic maintains a designated website which contains legal research materials and monthly publications on Class Actions. The website provides the public an accessible and free of charge information about the class action procedure, as well as current information and updates about ongoing procedures.
Hadas Holzstein-Tamir, Adv. - Clinical Instructor
Prof. Alon Klement - Academic Supervisor
Hadas Holzstein-Tamir, Adv. is the clinical instructor of the Class Action Clinic. In her previous position, she was the clinical instructor of the Rights of People with Disabilities Clinic in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Hadas is an honorary graduate (summa cum laude) of the joint program in law (LL.B) and social work (B.A.) at the University of Haifa. In addition, Hadas was an Emile Zola fellow of the Takkanah LL.M. program in human rights, graduating summa cum laude.
Prof. Alon Klement, is an international expert on class actions and has published numerous articles on this subject in prestigious legal periodicals in Israel and abroad. Prof. Klement earned his PhD. in law from Harvard University, where he was an active research member in the law and economics program and in the program on negotiation. He has taught the subject of complex litigation and economic analysis of law in various law schools in the US and Europe.