Noura Erakat, George Mason University
Taking the Land Without the People: International Law and the 1967 War
Keynote Address by Noura Erakat (George Mason University)
Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and activist. She is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University. Her research interests include the laws of war, human rights law, refugee law, national security law, social justice, Palestine, the Palestinian-Israel conflict, and the Middle East in general. She is a Co-Founder/Editor of Jadaliyya e-zine and an Editorial Committee member of the Journal of Palestine Studies. Prior to joining GMU's faculty, she was a Freedman Teaching Fellow at Temple Law School and has taught International Human Rights Law and the Middle East at Georgetown University since 2009. She served as Legal Counsel for a Congressional Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, chaired by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich. Her scholarly publications include: "U.S. vs. ICRC-Customary International Humanitarian Law and Universal Jurisdiction" in the Denver Journal of International Law & Policy, New Imminence in the Time of Obama: The Impact of Targeted Killings on the Law of Self-Defense in the Arizona Law Review, and "Overlapping Refugee Legal Regimes: Closing the Protection Gap During Secondary Forced Displacement," in the Oxford Journal of International Refugee Law . Nouras media appearances include CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, PBS NewsHour, BBC World Service, NPR, Democracy Now, and Al Jazeera. She has published in The Nation, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Huffington Post, IntlLawGrrls, The Hill, and Foreign Policy, among others. Noura is the co-editor of Aborted State? The UN Initiative and New Palestinian Junctures, an anthology related to the 2011 and 2012 Palestine bids for statehood at the UN. Most recently, Noura released a pedagogical project on the Gaza Strip and Palestine. The centerpiece of the project is a short multimedia documentary, Gaza In Context, that rehabilitates Israels wars on Gaza within a settler-colonial framework. She is also the producer of the short video, Black Palestinian Solidarity. Noura is currently working on a book project tentatively titled, Law as Politics in the Palestinian-Israel Conflict.
Part One of 6 Days, 50 Years: 1967 and the Politics of Time, hosted in conjunction with Universities of California, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.