Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine

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Location: Virtual Event

Noura Erakat

Human Rights Attorney and Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, Department of Africana Studies and the Program in Criminal Justice; Fellow in Conflict in Peace at the Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative (RCPI), a joint initiative of Religion and Public Life at Harvard Divinity School and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School

Mary Ellen O'Connell (Respondent)

Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution

Erakat offers a new approach to understanding the Palestinian struggle for freedom, told through the power and control of international law.

Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine, the new book by Noura Erakat, offers a new approach to understanding the Palestinian struggle for freedom, told through the power and control of international law. Focusing on key junctures—from the Balfour Declaration in 1917 to present-day wars in Gaza—Erakat shows how the strategic deployment of law has shaped current conditions. Over the past century, the law has done more to advance Israel's interests than the Palestinians’. But, Erakat argues, this outcome was never inevitable. Presenting the promise and risk of international law, Erakat calls for renewed action and attention to the question of Palestine.

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Co-sponsored by The Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative (RCPI), a joint initiative of Religion and Public Life at Harvard Divinity School and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School.