[Dublin] Noura Erakat – Justice for Some, lecture and book launch

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Tuesday 15th October 2019, Robert Emmet lecture Hall, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin

Sadaka, Academics for Palestine, and TCD’s MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict invite you to celebrate the Irish launch of Noura Erakat’s bestselling new book, Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine. This promises to be an illuminating and inspiring evening with one of the leading critical Palestinian voices to have emerged in recent years. Noura’s book has been described by former UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Palestine, Richard Falk, as “the best book on the law and politics of the Palestine/Israel struggle — sophisticated, learned, humane, and creative”. Noura’s talk will be of profound interest to policymakers, legislators, advocates, academics, students and all concerned with the situation in Palestine.

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The book

Justice for Some offers a new understanding of 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—Noura 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. Law is politics, and its meaning and application depend on the political intervention of states and people alike. Within the law, change is possible. International law can serve the cause of freedom when mobilized in support of a political movement. Presenting the promise and risk of international law, Justice for Some calls for renewed action and attention to the question of Palestine.

The author

Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and assistant professor at Rutgers University, New Jersey. She has served as legal counsel to the US House of Representatives and as a legal advocate for Palestinian refugee rights at the United Nations. Noura’s research interests include human rights and humanitarian, refugee, and national security law. She is a frequent commentator, with recent appearances on CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and NPR, among others, and her writings have been widely published in the national media and academic journals

Response by Dr John Reynolds of Maynooth University.

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