Tamar Ezer

Acting Director, Human Rights Clinic; Lecturer in Law; Faculty Director, Human Rights Program

LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center
J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Stanford University

Tamar Ezer
Phone: (305) 284-6926
Office: E263

Tamar Ezer is the Acting Director and a Lecturer in Law with the Human Rights Clinic and the Faculty Director of the Human Rights Program. Prior to that, Ezer taught and supervised projects at Yale Law School as a Lecturer in Law, Visiting Scholar with the Schell Center for International Human Rights, and Executive Director of the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy.  Ezer further taught International Women’s Rights at Tulane Law School’s summer program and in the Georgetown University Law Center’s International Women’s Human Rights Clinic, where she supervised test cases challenging discriminatory laws and oversaw fact-finding and legislative projects in Nigeria, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and the Philippines.  Additionally, Ezer served as Deputy Director of the Law and Health Initiative of the Open Society Public Health Program, where she focused on legal advocacy to advance health and human rights in Eastern and Southern Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia.  This encompassed work on reproductive health, violations in health care settings, HIV, palliative care, drug policy, and intersections between access to justice and health.  Additionally, Ezer clerked for Judge Robert Sweet at the Southern District of New York and Justice Dorit Beinisch at the Supreme Court of Israel.  

She received her B.A. from Stanford University, J.D. from Harvard Law School, and LL.M. in Advocacy from the Georgetown University Law Center. At Harvard, she served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. Her research focuses on the intersection of health and human rights, housing and homelessness, access to justice, women’s rights, children’s rights, and human rights pedagogy. Her articles have been published in various journals, including the Cardozo Law ReviewYale Human Rights and Development Journal, Harvard’s Health and Human Rights Journal, the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, and the European Journal of Health Law.


International Law & Covid-19 Symposium, with Joseph Candelaria, Gita Howard, 29 29 University of Miami International and Comparative Law Review 141 (2022) (2022).

Localizing Human Rights in Cities, 31 31 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REVIEW OF LAW AND SOCIAL JUSTICE 68 (2022) (2022).

Teaching Written Advocacy in a Law Clinic Setting, 27(2) CLINICAL LAW REVIEW 167 (2021) (2021).

First Responders with a Rights-Based Approach to Mental Health Crises, with Denise Tomasini-Joshi, HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS JOURNAL VIEWPOINT (2021) (2021).

Challenging Domestic Injustice Through International Human Rights Advocacy: Addressing Homelessness in The United States, with Eric Tars, David Stuzin, Melanie Ng, Conor Arevalo, 42(3) CARDOZO LAW REVIEW 913 (2021) (2021).

The Neglect of Persons with Severe Brain Injury in the United States: An International Human Rights Analysis, 22(1) HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS JOURNAL 265 (2020) (2020).

Foreword: Addressing the Criminalization of Poverty and Marginalization, with Franco Piccinini, David Stuzin, 75(1) University of Miami Law Review CAVEAT (2020) (2020).

Human Rights in Patient Care: A Special Collection, with Judy Overall, 41:32 PUBLIC HEALTH REVIEWS (2020) (2020).

Challenging Racial Injustice in the Criminalization of Homelessness in the United States: A Human Rights Approach, with David Berris, Joseph Candelaria, Lily Fontenot, Jessica Santos, 75 U. Mia. L. Rev. Caveat 116 (2020) (2020).

Strategic Litigation to Advance Public Health, with Priti Patel, 20 Health and Human Rights Journal 149 (2018).

Severe Brain Injury, Disability, and the Law: Achieving Justice for a Marginalized Population, with Megan Wright, Joel Ramirez, Kyle Edwards, Nathan Guevremont, Joseph Fins, Nina Varsava, 45 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 313 (2018).

Palliative Care and Human Rights: A Decade of Evolution in Standards, with Diedrik Lohman, Gabriela de Luca, 55 J. Pain & Symptom Mgmt. S163 (2018).

Legal Support for Palliative Care Patients, with Naomi Burke-Shyne, Kiera Hepford, 55 J. Pain & Symptom Mgmt. S157 (2018).

Legal Advocacy as a Tool to Advance Roma Health, with Martin McKee, Alphia Abdikeeva, 13 Health Econ., Pol'y & L. 92 (2018).

Addressing Human Rights Abuses against People Who Use Drugs: A Critical Role for Human Rights Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures, with Mikhail Golichenko, Suzannne Stolz, 10 J. Hum. Rts. Prac. 83 (2018).

Justice and Severe Brain Injury: Legal Remedies for a Marginalized Population, with Megan Wright, Nina Varsava, Joel Ramirez, Kyle Edwards, Nathan Guevremont, Joseph Fins, 45 FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 313 (2018) (2018).

Medical-Legal Partnerships with Communities: Legal Empowerment to Transform Care, 17 Yale J. Health Pol'y, L. & Ethics 309 (2017).

Forging a Path for Women’s Rights in Customary Law, 27 Hastings Women's L. J. 65 (2016).

Integrating Human Rights in Program Evaluation: Lessons from Law and Health Programs in Kenya, with Sofia Gruskin, Emily Walker, Kelly Safreed-Harmon, Jonathan Cohen, Anne Gathumbi, Patricia Kameri-Mbote, 57 (2016).

Forging a Path for Women’s Rights in Customary Law, 27 HASTINGS WOMEN’S LAW JOURNAL 65 (2016) (2016).

Palliative Care as a Human Right , with Frank Brennan, Liz Gwyther, Diederik Lohman, Fatia Kiyange, Faith Mwangi-Powell, (2015).

The Problem of Torture in Health Care , with Jonathan Cohen, Ryan Quinn, (2014).

Denial of Pain Treatment and the Prohibition against Torture and Ill Treatment , with Diederik Lohman, (2014).

Advancing Human Rights in Patient Care through Higher Education in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, with Jonathan Cohen, 15(2) HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS JOURNAL 54 (2013).

Human Rights in Patient Care: A Theoretical and Practical Framework, 15(2) HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS JOURNAL 7 (2013).

Assessing Legal Advocacy to Advance Roma Health in Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia, with Alphia Abdikeeva, Alina Covaci, 20 EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HEALTH LAW 471 (2013).

Access to Justice: Evaluating Law, Health, and Human Rights Programmes in Kenya, with Sofia Gruskin, Kelly Safreed, 16(2) JOURNAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL AIDS SOCIETY (2013).

Human Rights in Patient Care: A Themed Issue, 15(2) HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS JOURNAL 5 (2013).

Protecting Women’s Human Rights: A Case Study in the Philippines, 18 HUMAN RIGHTS BRIEF 21 (2011).

Promoting Public Health through Clinical Legal Education: Initiatives in South Africa, Thailand, and Ukraine, 17 HUMAN RIGHTS BRIEF 27 (2010).

Introduction to Human Rights and Palliative Care, with Liz Gwyther, Jonathan Cohen, (2009).

Ethical Issues, with Nico Nortje, Liz Gwyther, Anita Kleinsmidt, LEGAL ASPECTS OF PALLIATIVE CARE (2009).

Lessons from Africa: Combating the Twin Epidemics of Domestic Violence and HIV/AIDS, 13 HIV/AIDS POLICY & LAW REVIEW 57 (2008).

Comprehensive Care: Palliative Care and Legal Services in South Africa, 12 HIV/AIDS POLICY & LAW REVIEW 66 66 (2007).

Swaziland: Widows Fighting for their Rights, 12 HIV/AIDS POLICY & LAW REVIEW 72 (2007).

Divorce Reform: Rights Protections in the New Swaziland, 8 GEORGETOWN JOURNAL OF GENDER AND THE LAW 883 (2007).

Fact-Finding as a Lawmaking Tool for Advancing Women’s Human Rights, with Susan Ross, 7 GEORGETOWN JOURNAL OF GENDER AND THE LAW 331 (2006).

Child Marriage and Guardianship in Tanzania: Robbing Girls of their Childhood and Infantilizing Women, 7 GEORGETOWN JOURNAL OF GENDER AND THE LAW 357 (2006).

Inheritance Law in Tanzania: The Impoverishment of Widows and Daughters, 7 GEORGETOWN JOURNAL OF GENDER AND THE LAW 599 (2006).

A Positive Right to Protection for Children, 7 YALE HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENT LAW JOURNAL 1 (2004).

Delivery of Legal Services to Children in the Boston Area, 8 UC DAVIS JOURNAL OF JUVENILE LAW & POLICY 95 (2004).

Children’s Rights in Israel: An End to Corporal Punishment?, 5 OREGON REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 139 (2003).


 Presentations & Awards

• AALS Clinical Conference, “Lessons for Clinicians from the Art of Gathering and Beyond,” ( , 2022)

AALS Clinical Conference, “Human Rights Basics for Clinicians,” ( , 2021)

AALS (Association of American Law Schools) Annual Meeting, “A Right to Housing! Law and Activism to Eradicate Homelessness,” ( , 2021)

Health Summit: Addressing Mental Health Disparities, National Center for Civil and Human Rights Series, panelist on “Trauma Informed Care Relating to Gender and Intersectionality-Based Violence,” ( , 2020)

AALS Clinical Conference, “Teaching Written Advocacy in a Law Clinic Setting,” ( , 2019)

Florida Bar Association, ILAW2019, “Human Rights Defense Locally,” ( , 2019)

Salzburg Seminar on Human Rights in Patient Care, “Introduction to Health and Human Rights,” “Introduction to Human Rights in Patient Care,” ( , 2018)

Northeastern University Health Law Conference, “Diseases of Despair: Medical-Legal Partnerships as Healing,” ( , 2018)

International Symposium on Human Rights in Patient Care, “Introduction to Human Rights in Patient Care,” ( , 2017)

Maruzza Foundation Expert Meeting, “Defining the Essence of Palliative Care for Older People,” ( , 2017)

International AIDS Conference, “Removing Human Rights Barriers to HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment: Using Data to Drive Action Globally,” ( , 2016)

NYU and Health Right International Expert Consultation, “Teaching Health and Human Rights,” ( , 2015)

UNDP Expert Group Meeting on Plural Legal System, Gender and HIV, “Opportunities at the Intersection of Fomral and Informal Legal Space for Women in the Context of HIV,” ( , 2014)

Global Alliance for Justice Education Conference, “Bringing Justice to Health Care through Legal Analysis and Film,” ( , 2013)

Journal of the International AIDS Society Supplement Launch, “Access to Justice: Integrating Law, Health, and Human Rights in Kenya,” ( , 2013)

Dalhousie University, Health Law and Policy Seminar Series, “Human Rights Education in the Health Professions: Eastern Europe and Central Asia," ( , 2013)

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Pain and Palliative Care Grand Rounds, “Legal Partners for Palliative Care,” ( , 2013)

International AIDS Conference, “Legal Action, Legal Support,” ( , 2012)

European Public Health Conference, “Addressing Systemic Barriers to Roma Access to Health Care: Legal Strategies by Roma NGOs,” ( , 2012)

International AIDS Conference, “HIV Testing for Pregnant Women: A Rights-based Analysis of Change in National Policies,” ( , 2012)

International AIDS Conference, “Women’s Property and Inheritance Rights in the Context of HIV/AIDS: UN Instruments as Tools for Change,” ( , 2010)

International AIDS Conference, “Sex Workers Form a Human Rights Documentation Community,” ( , 2010)

Global Alliance for Justice Education Conference, “Promoting Public Health through Clinical Legal Education,” ( , 2008)

International AIDS Conference, “Advocating for Human Rights and HIV/AIDS: Now More Than Ever,” ( , 2008)

American University Washington College of Law, “Domestic Violence in the Context of HIV: Lessons from Africa,” ( , 2007)

Tamar Ezer
Phone: (305) 284-6926
Office: E263

Area of Expertise

  • International Human Rights
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Gender and the Law