Chairperson of the Board
  • Kenneth Mann
    • Professor at the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law, where he directs the clinical program in legal assistance in the field of criminal law. Professor Mann served as Israel’s Chief Public Defender between 1996 and 2002 and was among the founders of Israel’s Public Defender’s Office. He has sat on a number of public committees addressing reforms in criminal procedure, sentencing, and police powers. His published work includes books and articles on international, criminal, and administrative law. Professor Mann runs a law firm that specializes in criminal and administrative law and serves on the board and reviewing board of the Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War. He holds a B.A., M.A., and J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and a PhD in Philosophy from Yale University.

Board Members
  • Eliav Lieblich
    • Eliav Lieblich is a faculty member at the Radzyner School of Law at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. His fields of expertise are public international law, and in particular the laws on the use of force and humanitarian law in non-international conflicts, international human rights law and international organizations. Eliav completed his degree in law (LL.B) and Islamic and Middle Eastern studies (magna cum laude) at Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He clerked at the Supreme Court of Israel under Acting Justice David Cheshin. He then completed an LL.M (cum laude) at Columbia University, where he also obtained his JSD. Eliav was a recipient of the Norman E. Alexander Scholarship at Columbia, and has counseled governmental bodies and civil society organizations in his areas of expertise.

  • Aeyal Gross
    • Professor Aeyal Gross is a member of the Faculty in Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Law. He holds an LL.B. from Tel Aviv University (1990) and an S.J.D. from Harvard Law School (1996). In 1998 he was awarded the Diploma in Human Rights from the Academy of European Law, European University Institute, in Florence. Professor Gross serves as a member of the Board of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. Prof. Gross also served as a research fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London, as a Visiting Fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies in South Africa, and as a Joseph Flom Global Health and Human Rights Fellow at Harvard Law School. Additionally he taught as a visitor in Columbia University and the University of Toronto. He also teaches as Visiting Reader at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in the University of London.

  • Risa Zoll
    • Risa Zoll received a Bachelor of Arts degree Cum Laude from Harvard University (1985) and a Juris Doctor degree from the Boston University School of Law (1989). As a licensed attorney in the United States and Israel, her initial years in private practice were followed by several years developing an expertise in the field of children’s rights, working on issues such as due process, adoption and custody, and criminal justice. She spent over a decade in the human rights field, first as the Director of International Relations at The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), followed by a tenure at B’Tselem - the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories as the Director of Development and International Relations. She is currently at the National Library of Israel managing their International Relations and Intellectual Property.

  • Alaa Masarwa
    • Completed his LLB studies at the University of Tel Aviv, where his research included the legal implications of arresting wanted persons under the Oslo Accords. As a student, he worked for a law firm representing residents of the Occupied Territories suing the state in tort. He clerked for the Public Defender’s Office before receiving his license to practice law in 1999. He went on to work for the headquarters of the Public Defender’s Office until 2003, specializing in representation of arrested persons. He currently works for a Tel Aviv law firm in the field of criminal law and continues to take cases on behalf of the Public Defender’s Office, representing indigent criminal defendants and mentally ill persons before psychiatric review boards.

Reviewing Board Members
  • Tally Amir
    • Dr. Tally Amir is a lecturer in international law, labor law and immigration law at the Academic Center for Law and Business and is a Polonsky Postdoctoral Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. Dr. Amir wrote her Ph.D. thesis at Tel Aviv University on "Socio-Economic Refugees" under the supervision of Prof. EyalBenvenisti. Dr. Amir was a research fellow at Yale and NYU. She was admitted to the Israeli Bar Association in 2004, following a clerkship with Justice (Ret.) MishaelCheshin of the Israeli Supreme Court. Dr. Amir serves as a member of the boards of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) and the African Refugee Development Center (ARDC).

  • Nidal Abd El Kader
    • Senior tax supervisor in the Division of Income and Land Tax, Netanya Assessment Office. He teaches and directs accounting studies at the Technological Center at Beit Berel College. In 2003, he was appointed by the Ministry of Interior to coordinate elections for the Tira municipality. Mr. Abd El Kader has also worked in the private sector in marketing and accounting. He received his B.A. in accounting and economics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has recently begun studying law at the Academic Institute of Kiryat Ono.