Refugee Rights Clinic

The Refugee Rights Clinic provides refugees and asylum seekers with legal representation regarding procedural and substantive rights; strives to achieve implementation of the UN 1951 Convention relating to status of Refugees within the Israeli legal system, with an emphasis on the recognition of victims of gender-based persecution as refugees.


Established in 2002, The Refugee Rights Clinic continues to be the only program in Israel which specializes solely in teaching refugee law and representing refugees and asylum seekers on a free-of-charge basis. 


Alongside the Clinic's extensive legal aid activities, it also conducts professional training for lawyers and judges, and in 2013 launched a "Knowledge-Sharing" website.  The web-site, first of its kind in Israel, provides a collection of Israeli and foreign law cases in various issues relating to refugees (to visit the website click here).


In 2008, the Refugee Rights Clinic received the Emil Grunzweig Human Rights Award. The award is made annually by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) to "an individual or NGO that has made a unique contribution to the advancement of human rights in Israel" 


Clinical Staff 



Dr. Yuval Livnat – Academic Supervisor Anat Ben-Dor, Adv. – Clinical Instructor Ira Rozina, Adv. – Clinical Instructor 




Additional Reading

Download the clinic's 2003 Report and Position Paper: "Israel – A Safe Haven? Problems in the Treatment Offered by the State of Israel to Refugees and Asylum Seekers".


Download the Clinic's 2008 Report "Nowhere to Run: Gay Palestinian Asylum-Seekers in Israel" written by Michael Kagan & Anat Ben-Dor, published by Tel Aviv University’s Public Interest Law Program (PILP). 


Download the 2011 publication: "No Shelter: Protection Gaps in Israel Facing Refugees Fleeing Gender-Based Persecution". A collaborative work of the Clinic and the Organization for Refugee, Asylum and Migration (ORAM).

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