The Herman Schwartz Human Rights Law Fellowship Program
NEW! - University of Haifa honors Itzik Dessie, former Israel-US Civil Liberties Rights Law Program Fellow, with distinguished alumni award
The Herman Schwartz Human Rights Law Fellowship Program, founded and administered by Center Co-Director and WCL Professor Herman Schwartz, has, over the past 28 years, graduated more than 56 Fellows who have gone on to create and form the backbone of the human rights bar in Israel. The Fellowship, jointly sponsored by the New Israel Fund, offers Israeli lawyers (both Palestinian and Jewish) a two year academic and professional experience, including LLM study and professional development at WCL through internships with American public interest groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights' Watch, Council on American Islamic Relations and the Children's Defense Fund, and a one year paid-placement in a human rights NGO in Israel. Fellows have been placed in organizations such as Adalah (Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights), ACRI (Association of Civil Rights in Israel) and Itach-Maaki (Woman Lawyers for Social Justice).
Graduates of the program have created key human rights organizations in Israel and hold important positions in government, the judiciary, academia and the NGO community. Fellows have focused on the rights of the elderly, the rights of the Palestinian minority in Israel, disability rights, the rights of the Bedouin, the rights of the Ethiopian minority in Israel, women's rights, and more. Alumni have affected legislation, policy and practice in diverse areas of Israeli life and have influenced legal education in Israel. In 2004, Haaretz credited the program with having produced "a quiet revolution" that "has changed the map of human rights in Israel."
The New Israel Fund (NIF) is the leading organization committed to democratic change within Israel. For more than thirty years, NIF has fought for social justice and equality for all Israelis, believing that Israel can live up to its founders' vision of a state that ensures complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants, without regard to religion, race or gender.