Roni Amit

Roni Amit she/her/hers

Assistant Professor

Law School / Faculty

Curriculum Vitae



UMass School of Law 241


New York University School of LawJD
University of WashingtonPhD
George Washington UniversityMA
Tulane UniversityBA


  • Immigration Law
  • International Human Rights


Research interests

  • Human Rights
  • Migration
  • Refugee Rights
  • Access to Justice

Professional background

Roni Amit is an assistant professor at UMass Law and directs the immigration clinic. Her research focuses on rights protection for marginalized communities, exploring the efficacy of advocacy strategies both inside and outside the courtroom. She has worked on access to justice, migration, and human rights issues in Israel, South Africa, and the US. 

After completing a PhD in political sciences that examined the role of international human rights law, Professor Amit began focusing on the effects of the law in the lived realities of individuals across various issues, including migration and housing. She employs an interdisciplinary approach to rights advancement. Her research, advocacy, and teaching focus on access to justice and the rights of marginalized populations both in the US and globally. She encourages students to unpack the concept of justice and engage critically with the legal system and their role within it.

Professor Amit spent several years working on migration issues in South Africa. She was a Senior Researcher with the African Centre for Migration & Society at the University of the Witwatersrand. She also worked as a research and strategic litigation fellow with the refugee rights clinic at Lawyers for Human Rights in Johannesburg. Prior to joining UMass, Professor Amit directed the Terry West Civil Legal Clinic at the University of Tulsa college of Law and served on the Oklahoma Access to Justice Commission. She was also a clinical fellow at the Deportation Defense Clinic at Hofstra Law School.

Select publications

  • Above the Law: Securitization in South Africa’s Migration Management Regime, in Law and Migration in a Changing World Marie-Claire Foblets and Jean-Yves Carlier, eds. (2022).
  • Reclaiming Refugee Rights as Human Rights (Comment), 31 PACE INT. L REV. 557 (2019).
  • (Dis)Placing the Law: Lessons from South Africa on Advancing US Asylum Rights, 20 LOY. J. PUB. INT. L. 135 (2019).

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