ALMA is an apolitical non-profit association established in March 2010 with the prime objective of promoting knowledge of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in Israeli society. We believe that knowledge of IHL should be accessible to the general public, and the promotion of IHL will encourage fruitful discussions on its impact and application within the Israeli society.
The members of ALMA are among the most promising young scholars and professionals in Israel. ALMA members include researchers at leading think tanks, legal advisers to governmental ministries, current and past counselors to international tribunals and PhD candidates in leading academic institutions. All members of the association are involved and contribute to ALMA's activities on a volunteer-only basis.
Since its establishment ALMA has fruitfully cooperated with leading academic institutions and professional circles in Israel and abroad, and has established itself as a leading organization in the field of IHL in Israel. ALMA is constantly seeking further cooperations to promote its goals.
Worked between 2009 and 2014 as part of the research team of the Israel Democracy Institute (in IDI's Terrorism and Democracy research division). Ido earned law degrees from Tel Aviv University (LL.B) (LL.M cum laude) and Northwestern University (LL.M, with honors). Served as a legal adviser at the International Law Department in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2007 - 2008). Member of the Israel Bar Association (since 2007). Ido coached the Interdisciplinary Center's International Humanitarian Law team between 2009 and 2013, which he led to victory of the international Jean-Pictet Competition on International Humanitarian Law in two consecutive years (2010 and 2011). He also judged at the first Clara Barton competition on International Humanitarian Law in the United States (2014).
The Projects of Ido Rosenzweig:
Editor of IHL articles on website.
Online IHL Lexicon
Joint IHL Forum (ALMA Forum)
National Competition for Students on IHL
Upcoming IHL Events
Lectures and Workshops
Adv. Yael Vias Gvirsman - Yael is the Director and Founder of the first and only International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic in Israel, based at the Radzyner Law School, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. She has been working on Defence at the International Criminal Court in The Hague since 2011. She is completing her PhD on the Role of International Criminal Justice in Times of Conflict- Intervention, Legitimacy and Notions of Justice at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Having completed her Legal education in France and The Netherlands, Yael holds an LL.B, a Maitrise in law and a French Masters in International Relations (DESS). She was accepted to the Israeli Bar Association in 2006 after completing a legal traineeship with the International Law Department of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Legal Advisor's Office. Yael worked as a prosecutor with the State Attorney's office in Jerusalem, dealing mainly with extradition cases, mutual assistance and universal jurisdiction. In parallel to starting her PhD in September 2007, Yael worked as an Eligibilty and Legal Officer with the UNHCR office in Tel Aviv. From April 2008 onwards, she participated as a researcher in various research projects in international criminal law, international humanitarian law and human rights.
The Projects of Yael Vias Gvirsman:
National Competition for Students on International Criminal Law
Executive Secretary, Adv. Hila Adler - a PhD candidate in the Hebrew University on Cyber Warfare. Hila holds law degrees from Hebrew University (LL.B and LL.M Cum Lauda). Major (res.) Hila Adler served at the IDF Military Advocate General's Corps. In her last position she was the Head of the International Law Section at the IDF School of Military Law. In charge on the dissemination of IHL at the IDF, teaching verious courses and developing teaching materials and interactive softwares. Lectures of Academic LOAC courses at the military academies. Previous editor of IDF Law Review (Hebrew & English versions). Previously served as Assistant to the Legal Advisor of Judea & Samaria. Member of the Israeli Bar Association (since 1998). Between 1995-1997 Hila worked in the Treaties Divisions of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Acted as Judge at the third National Competition on IHL (2009).
The Projects of Yfat Barak:
Member of ALMA's Audit Committee
Young Researchers Forum
Dr. Sigall Horovitz heads the department of Human Rights Education at the International Nuremberg Principles Academy in Germany, and is an Associate Research Fellow at the Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her areas of practice and research are international criminal law and transitional justice. Dr. Horovitz publishes, teaches, and directs projects on these areas, and initiated the transitional justice programs at both Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She also served as a Legal Officer at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone.
Dr. Horovitz holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Columbia University, and a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) from the Hebrew University. Her doctorate focused on the ICTR’s impact on national reconciliation in Rwanda, and formed part of a larger ERC-funded research on the Effectiveness of International Courts that was supervised by Prof. Yuval Shany. Dr. Horovitz completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Hebrew University’s Truman Institute and at the University of Haifa’s Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions. She was also a visiting fellow at Marburg University in Germany, where she was affiliated with a special transitional justice project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (“Re-Configurations”).
Dr. Horovitz is the recipient of a number of awards including the Arthur Helton Fellowship of the American Society of International Law (2013), the Rabin Scholarship of the Hebrew University’s Truman Institute (2013-2014), the Vodoz Prize of the Hebrew University’s Institute of Contemporary Jewry (2012), and the Prize for Distinguished Academic Work from the Israeli Law and Society Association (2014). She is a member of the New York and Israeli Bar Associations, and a founding member of ALMA - the Association for the Promotion of International Humanitarian Law.
Adv. Ady Niv - Ady Niv has been working for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Previously, Ady was an attorney at the Department of Special International Affairs at the Ministry of Justice and served (Major, res.) at the IDF Military Advocate General's Corps, first as a Legal Officer at the International Law Department, and subsequently as a Military Prosecutor and deputy to the Head of Judea Prosecution. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in English Law and French Law from Leicester University (UK) and Robert-Schuman University (France), and a Masters' Degree in International Law from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Member of Israel’s Bar Association since 2005.
The Projects of Ady Niv:
Member of ALMA's Audit Committee
Rome Statute translation to Hebrew
Katja Knoechelmann – Katja holds an MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She also earned a MA in Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, and a BA in Government (cum laude) from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. As part of the IDC team she won the 2011 edition of the Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law competition in France and returned to the competition in 2014 in the capacity of tutor. She was one of the founders of Model United Nations activities in Israel and led the national movement for two years.
Katja was a research fellow in the Europe sub-committee in the U.S. House of Representatives and in 2013 completed a consultancy for the British Armed Forces in Helmand, Afghanistan, creating a system to measure the effectiveness of military stabilization efforts at tactical level. She is currently a consultant at the ICRC delegation for Israel and the occupied territories.
Ms. Shani Dann - Shani@alma-ihl.org
Ms. Shaked Zeierman - ALMA's Facebook page coordinator
Adv. Ira Ryk-Lakhman - ALMA's Newsletter Coordinator
Ms. Nicole Csantini - ALMA's Twitter account coordinator
Ms. Mary Adewa - ALMA's IHL Events List Coordinator
Accounting - Krelman C.P.A (Isr)
Website Manager - Naama Estreich
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