Tamar Ezer

Associate Director, Practitioner-in-Residence, Human Rights Clinic and Lecturer in Law

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

Phone: (305) 284-6926
Office: E263

Tamar Ezer is the Associate Director, Lecturer in Law, and Practitioner-in-Residence with the Human Rights Clinic. Before coming to Miami, 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. Prior to that, as Deputy Director of the Law and Health Initiative of the Open Society Public Health Program, she focused on legal advocacy to advance health and human rights in Eastern and Southern Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. She also taught International Women’s Rights at Tulane Law School’s summer program and was a teaching fellow with 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 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.


Strategic Litigation to Advance Public Health, with Priti Patel, 20 Health & Hum. Rts. 149 (2018).

Justice and Severe Brain Injury: Legal Remedies for a Marginalized Population, with Megan Wright, Joel Ramirez, Kyle Edwards, Nathan Guevremont, Joseph Fins, FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW (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 54 (2013).

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


Phone: (305) 284-6926
Office: E263

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