Prof. Yuval Elbashan, Adv. Dean, Ono Academic College, Faculty of Law

Prof. Yuval Elbashan is a community lawyer who since 1997 has continuously addressed those in need of assistance in the field of social rights. In 1997, he founded and directed the legal department of YEDID for the Advancement of Social Rights and Poverty Reduction Law. In 2000, he founded and directed the Human Rights Division at the Academic College of Law to promote law, and address poverty and the plight of the individual. In 2003 he founded and directed the Clinical Center for Social Responsibility and Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. From 2008 to 2013, he again managed the YEDID network of rights centers in the poor periphery of Israel, the organization of which he was one of the founders in 1997. At the same time, from 2009, managing the Tevel B’Tzedek educational programs that promote social justice in the Third World and is active through this organization in Nepal and Burundi, in the establishment of legal and cultural aid systems for human rights. In 2013, he was appointed Dean of Social Development at Ono Academic College, responsible for multiculturalism in the institution and accessibility of higher education to excluded populations. In 2015 he was appointed Chairman of the Pro-Bono National Program of the Israel Bar Association – the “Shachar Mitzvah Program.” In 2016, after receiving the rank of Professor, he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Laaw, Ono Academic College.

Prof. Elbashan has published ten books – including a book of poems “Yesterday They Finished Trimming the Bushes” (Aked 1994); “Strangers in Law” – on accessibility to justice in Israel  (Hakibbutz Hameuchad 2005); the novel “Always Flora” (Yedioth Books 2009), which won critical acclaim and sold close to 40,000 copies so far; a children’s book “Peanut the Mouse and the Cruel Glue” (Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2010), which also won critical acclaim; a thriller novel “The Masada Case” (Yedioth Books 2012), which sold close to 40,000 copies; “Attorneys of the Exploited-the Law as a Tool for Social Change” – about jurists who fixed the world (Yedioth Books, 2014); a novel for young people of all ages “Sipu – Unfinished Story” (Yedioth Books 2011) and the novel “Five” for teenagers (Yedioth Books 2016). The last two were chosen to be included in the Ministry of Education’s book charts and following critical praise.

In addition, since 2016, he has been a broadcaster for programs in the Israel Broadcasting Corporation – Reshet Bet, including a weekly program with Emily Amrousi on Fridays between 08:00 and 10:00 AM.