Join IPS on World Refugee Day to celebrate the newly published book of our very own board member Noura Erakat. Author of Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine, Noura is also a human rights attorney and assistant professor at George Mason University. She has served as legal counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives and as a legal advocate for Palestinian refugee rights at the United Nations. Following a catered reception, Khury Petersen-Smith, the Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow at Institute for Policy Studies and a co-author and organizer of the 2015 Black Solidarity with Palestine statement, will lead a deep digging discussion with Noura concluded with a Q&A session and book signing. In these intense times of Trump administration bellicose threats against self-determination in Latin America, support for human rights atrocities of Israel, and more, few can illuminate an understanding of the intersections like Noura Erakat. There will also be a poem by Rasha Abdulhadi, executive director of Split This Rock and queer Palestinian poet and organizer. WPFW 89.3 FM is the media sponsor for this event. Space is limited so please RSVP!
Noura Erakat: is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University where she teaches in the legal studies, international studies, and human rights/social justice studies concentrations. Her scholarly interests include humanitarian law, human rights law, refugee law, national security law, and critical race theory. She is the author of Justice for Some: Law in the Question of Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2019). Erakat is also a member of the Editorial Committee of the Journal of Palestine Studies, published by the Institute for Palestine Studies. She earned her BA and JD from Berkeley Law School and her LLM in National Security from the Georgetown University Law Center. She is a Co-Founder/Editor of Jadaliyya e-zine. Prior to beginning her appointment at GMU, Erakat 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. Khury Petersen-Smith is the Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow at Institute for Policy Studies and a co-author and organizer of the 2015 Black Solidarity with Palestine statement.