Apr 1, 2016
2:00pm - 5:30pm    |    Vanderbilt Hall Golding Lounge & VH 204, 40 Washington Square South, New York City

RSVP here or E-mail Anam Salem for more information.

Hosted By: Law Students for Justice in PalestineCenter for Human Rights and Global JusticePalestine Works, National Lawyer’s Guild (NYU Chapter), Law Students for Human Rights

About the Conference: The conference aims to address the substance of the right, its grounding in international law, and its centrality to a rights-based, holistic resolution of the conflict.

A Contested Right: Mobilization & Resistance on the Palestinian Right of Return

2:00-3:45 PM in Golding Lounge

Speakers: Emilio Dabed, Jamil Dakwar, and Michael Letwin

The first panel will address the political marginalization of the Palestinian right of return and grassroots responses. Emilio Dabed of Columbia Law School and Al-Quds University will present on Palestinian Authority legislation affecting refugee status and return.  He will speak to how the Palestinian Authority’s investment in a two state paradigm marginalizes refugee return. Michael Letwin of Jews for Palestinian Right of Return will present on how grassroots mobilization efforts in the United States respond to that marginalization of refugee return in the two-state or ‘Jewish state’ paradigms.   Finally, Jamil Dakwar, a human rights lawyer and adjunct lecturer at John Jay College, will speak on the right of return from the perspective of the Palestinian citizens of Israel and will highlight the struggle of internally displaced Palestinian communities, both from the lens of activism and law.

The Right of Return Under International Law: A Conversation with Susan Akram

4:00-5:30 PM in Vanderbilt Hall 204

Speakers: Susan Akram and Omar Shehabi (Moderator)

This discussion between international legal expert, Susan Akram, Boston University School of Law, and Omar Shehabi, director and founder of Palestine Works, will address the scope and status of the right of return under international law.




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