Tamar Ezer

Associate 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 Associate 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 at 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, access to justice, women’s rights, children’s rights, and human rights pedagogy. Her articles have been published in various journals, including the Yale 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.


Improving Law Enforcement Responses To Gender-Based Violence: Domestic and International Perspectives, Handbook of Policing, Communication, and Society (Howard Giles, Edward R. Maguire & Shawn L. Hill, eds), with Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, 297 (2021).

Prison-based harm reduction services are needed to address the dual substance use disorder and infectious disease epidemics in US prisons., with A Ohringer, David Serota, 22 EClinicalMedicine 100367 (2020).

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).

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).

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).

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).


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

Area of Expertise

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