Workers' Rights Clinic
The Workers’ Rights Clinic (est. 2000) The Clinic aims to improve the legal status and working conditions of vulnerable employees, eradicate worker exploitation and discrimination, and promote organized labor by raising awareness of the benefits of collective action. The Clinic employs a diverse legal toolkit that includes support for employees pursuing collective action, proposing statutory amendments, and drafting legislation on issues related to workers’ rights.
The Clinic’s students gain practical experience in labor and employment law by preparing statements of claim; accompanying lawyers at court; guiding and advising employee groups; conducting research; drafting proposals for litigation and policy amendments; collaborating with various NGOs; and, providing legal services at the community level. During their time with the Clinic, students discover the unique challenges and numerous barriers faced by vulnerable workers - from job search to termination - in Israel’s labor market.
Since 2018, the Workers’ Rights Clinic has acted as a ‘laboratory’ for Trafflab, an interdisciplinary academic study on human trafficking led by the Clinic’s academic advisor, Prof. Hila Shamir. TraffLab examines tools to prevent exploitation; the project accumulates data through empirical research and cases the Clinic represents in labor courts. It provides a unique opportunity to eliminate human trafficking and counter its reverberations through labor law.
|Dr. Hila Shamir – Academic Instructor||Idit Zimmerman, Adv. – Clinical Instructor||Irit Ulman, Adv. – Clinical Instructor|
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