ADV. RONIT GIDRON ZEMACH
Ronit Gidron Zemach is the CEO of The International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (IJL). Since 2007, Ronit has been managing the Association and working with the Registrar of Associations and other government offices, such as the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Her functions include, inter alia, organizing conferences and seminars, ongoing work vis-a-vis the United Nations in New York and the Human Rights Council in Geneva (including appearances), addressing issues on the agenda of the association by means of legal instruments. Primary activity focuses on fighting antisemitism and Holocaust denial, promoting human rights and protection against racism and xenophobia, and various issues of international law. In 2015, the Human Rights Council decided to form a committee to investigate Israeli practices affecting the human rights of Palestinians (“The Special Committee on Israeli Practices”). In response to that decision, Ronit led IJL’s initiative to go to Geneva, together with six other Israelis, severely injured by Hamas attacks, in order to expose Hamas’ human rights violations before the committee. Also, on December 10, 2010 (International Human Rights Day), Ronit together with hundreds of IJL members, held protests all around the world for the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. At that time, Shalit was held in captivity by Hamas, and was not granted any visits from the Red Cross and was not allowed to communicate with family members.
Ronit became a lawyer in 2003. She obtained her LLM from Fordham University in New York. She worked at the Department of Communications and Media, and in the Litigation Department, at Goldfarb Seligman & Co. Law firm. Ronit is a certified Mediator (2001). She participated in a six-month International Humanitarian Law Program, sponsored by the Red Cross (2016).