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Land, Law and Governance in Palestine

When: Thursday, 16 February 2023 - Thursday, 16 February 2023
Where: Online Event
Parktown Management Campus
Start time:17:00

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You are invited to a panel discussion on Land, law and governance in Palestine

The Wits School of Governance, the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Legal Mobilization Platform invite you to a panel discussion on  Land, law and governance in Palestine’

Presenter: Dr Hadeel Abu Hussein (ISS and Utrecht University)

Respondents: Emeritus Professor Fred Hendricks (Rhodes University); Dr Caryn Abrahams (Wits School of Governance), Professor Jeff Handmaker (International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague) and Thandiwe Matthews (International Institute of Social Studies and Wits School of Law)  

Chair: Professor Robert Van Niekerk (Wits School of Governance)

Dr Abu Hussein (Hadeel) is a Palestinian scholar whose research focuses on international and socio-legal discourse in the Middle East, Palestine in relation to Israel, human rights, social justice and decoloniality. Her work engages with Third World Approaches to International Law, which is a critical and interdisciplinary community of international law scholars, primarily from the Global South.

Alongside her research, Dr Hussein practices law as a member of the Israeli Bar Association (including socio-legal representation of dis-possessed Palestinians in the Sheik Jarrah neighbourhood of Jerusalem), and within the broader Middle East and North Africa region - where she collaborates with human rights and other international civil-society organisations as a legal advisor and volunteer. Hadeel previously worked at the Universities of Oxford and Zurich as well as the International Institute of Social Studies and was recently appointed to the faculty of Utrecht University in the School of Law. She is also a member of the Centre for Palestinian Studies London Middle East Institute at SOAS and Max Planck Alumni and Early Career Researchers.

Hadeel’s presentation will focus on the themes raised in her recent book on Palestine

‘The Struggle for Land Under Israeli Law: An Architecture of Exclusion’ (Routledge, 2021) and in particular the intersectional dimensions of land, law and governance.

A panel of eminent scholars comprising Professor  Hendricks (land struggles and social change in South Africa), Dr Abrahams  (urban governance and dispossession in South African communities) and Professor Jeff Handmaker (law, human rights and international development) will engage with the presentation, followed by discussion and concluding observations by Thandiwe Mathews (law, social policy and human rights in South Africa). 





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