Tirza Leibowitz

Tirza Leibowitz is associate director for legal advocacy with the Open Society Human Rights Initiative. She leads an initiative challenging laws and practices that label, control, criminalize, or marginalize communities of people, including people living in poverty, LGBTI people, and people with disabilities. 

Previously, Leibowitz developed the nexus of human rights and disability rights through her litigation work at Bizchut, Israel’s human rights center for persons with disabilities. She contributed to the formulation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which she then used in her work for Landmine Survivors Network, connecting humanitarian law and landmine survivors’ human rights.

Leibowitz has authored book chapters on disability rights, human rights, and humanitarian law. She is the recipient of the 2005 Zusman–JDC Prize, awarded by Israel’s president for innovation in promoting the rights of persons with disabilities. Leibowitz is a graduate of the law school of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.