The 2016 Herman Schwartz Israel Human Rights Law Fellows 


Yasmin Mansour

Yasmin Mansour is a 26 year old lawyer from Acre city. She is an Arab Palestinian from Israel. Yasmin graduated in 2013 from Haifa University, where she finished her first degree in Law and Psychology. Yasmin has been a member of the Israeli Bar Association since December 2014 and a member of the International Bar Association since February 2016. She is currently a student at the American University Washington College of Law, enrolled in the LLM program on International Legal Studies, specializing in Human Rights. Before pursuing her studies in AUWCL, Yasmin worked as a lawyer, specializing in human rights, constitutional law, international law and administrative law. Through her work, Yasmin practiced human rights litigation and was involved in policy changing legal cases at the Supreme Court of Israel. In addition to her work as a lawyer, Yasmin worked as a debate teacher at the gifted student's school in Ibillin village in Galilee, where she taught a course called “Debate and Human Rights” for high school students. Yasmin’s strong desire to advocate for human rights has lead her to participate in several programs and volunteering activities, which have included training and judging at debate tournaments held by the World Federation of the United Nations Association. In addition, Yasmin is currently taking part in a leadership program for young lawyers held by the International Bar Association, where she discusses international legal issues along with a group of international lawyers.

Shimri Segal

Shimri is an Israeli Human and Civil Rights advocate and activist. He received his LL.B in Law and B.A in Government with specialization in Conflict Resolution from the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya (IDC). He received an additional diploma in mediation. As a student, Shimri took part in establishing 'Israel Hofsheet - Be Free Israel’, which works on issues of Religious Freedom. Following graduation, Shimri completed a residency year in the Knesset Legal Department. Shimri provided legal counseling and research to Members of Knesset, and wrote legal opinions for the Knesset's House Committee and Education, Culture & Sports Committee. After the residency year, Shimri joined the former MK Nitzan Horowitz staff as a Political Consultant and Spokesperson. During that time Shimri was the Director of MK's Caucuses – The Caucus for Regional Cooperation, Caucus for Religious Freedom, Caucus for LGBT Rights, and The Caucus for Social-Environmental Justice. In the Caucus for Regional Cooperation, for example, Shimri dealt with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict focusing on the Arab Peace Initiative, European peace initiatives, water pollution in the West Bank, etc. Shimri also took part in establishing GLOBE's (Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment) Israeli chapter in the Knesset and served as liaison to the international secretariat. In 2013, Shimri was appointed as Chief of Staff at MK Horowitz Tel-Aviv-Jaffa Mayoral race. While the campaign did not win enough votes to win the mayoral race, it did win a third of the seats at the city council. Shimri comes to the fellowship most recently from 'Israel Hofsheet - Be Free Israel', where he served as the Public Advocacy Director. In his spare time Shimri volunteers with a leadership program for contract workers fighting for direct employment, as a board member at Meretz social-democratic political party, and is the chairperson of 'Tahel' LGBT Theatre Group. Shimri is very excited for the opportunity to study abroad in one of the top International Law Programs in the United States. He hopes to return to Israel with new legal tools for advancing social change and equality in Israel.

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