Tirza Leibowitz is legal advisor on disability rights at the Human Rights Initiative. She works with Open Society foundations and international and local advocates to promote equality and inclusion for persons with disabilities, focusing on enhancing access to justice, upholding legal personhood, and promoting inclusive education.
Prior to joining the Open Society Foundations, Leibowitz helped develop the nexus of human rights and disability through litigation at Bizchut, Israel’s advocacy organization for persons with disabilities and contributing to the formulation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
Leibowitz authored chapters on the CRPD in Human Rights and Disability Advocacy (Sabatello and Schulze, editors) and The Convention on Cluster Munitions—A Commentary (Nystuen and Casey-Maslen, editors). She was recipient of the 2005 Zusman-JDC Prize awarded by Israel’s President for excellence and innovation in promoting the rights of persons with disabilities. She is a graduate of the law school of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.