Arab Studies Institute

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Alternative Strategies for Realizing Justice in Palestine: A Research Workshop

By Arab Studies Institute, Institute of Law at Birzeit University, Trans-Arab Research Institute, Mada Al-Carmel, The Coalition for Palestinian Residency in Jerusalem, Stop the Wall

12/13/2015 12:00 am   -   12/15/2015 12:00 am EST

Location: Birzeit, Palestine

The Alternative Strategies for Justice in Palestine conference convened between 13-15 December 2015 and represented the organizing efforts of a coalition of partners, (Civic Coalition for Jerusalem, Stop The Wall, Birzeit University’s Institute of Law, the Arab Studies Institute-George Mason University, Mada al Carmel, the Trans-Arab Research Institute) of nearly two years. The conference took place in Jerusalem, Birzeit, and Nazareth, in a conscious effort to both highlight and resist Palestinian national fragmentation. With the exception of Nazareth, where our partners failed to conduct proper outreach, the sessions were very well-attended. The organizers attempted to implement a unique model for participation in order to elicit proposals for moving forward and to minimize the number of talks aimed at providing a diagnosis of our current conditions. Despite our best efforts, the conference defaulted into a traditional structure of presentations by the panelists followed by questions and comments from the participants. Nevertheless, the conference was very successful for the new energy and conversations it initiated. Al Quds Al Arabi described the legal panel as one of the most significant on the matter to date. The conference resulted in several concrete proposals for moving forward, in the form of workshops, written roundtables, proposals, and publications.



Nader Shalhoub-Kevorkian (Director of Gender Studies, Mada Al- Carmel) Jerusalem.


  • Joseph Schechla, Coordinator, Habitat International Coalition's Housing and Land Rights Network
  • Walid Atallah, Chairperson, Department of Humanities, Bethlehem University
  • Bernard Sabella, Professor of Sociology, Bethlehem University
  •  Kutaybah Odeh, Bustan Cultural Center– Silwan

John Reynolds (Department of Law, Maynooth University) “Anti-Colonial Legalities: Tactics and Strategy”


Patrick Wolfe (ARC Australian Research Fellow and Charles La Trobe Research Fellow, La Trobe University) “Settler Colonialism in Relation to Other Forms of Colonialism: Some Strategic Implications.”


Noura Erakat (Assistant Professor, George Mason University) Legal Strategies


  • Raji Sourani, Director, Palestinian Center for Human Rights-Gaza
  • Reem Al Botmeh, Senior Researcher, Institute of Law at Birzeit University
  • Michael Kearney, Lecturer in International Law, Sussex University
  •  Mudar Kassis, Professor of Philosophy and Director of Human Rights and Democracy MA Program, Birzeit University


Ghada Madbouh (Professor of Political Science, Birzeit University) Diplomatic Strategies


  • Camille Mansour, Senior Researcher, Institute of Palestine Studies
  • Husam Zomlot, Ambassador and visiting Assistant Professor at Birzeit University
  • Nadim Rouhana, Professor of International Affairs and Conflict Studies, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Director of Mada al Karmel
  • Vijay Prashad, Professor of International Studies, Trinity College


Samieh Botmeh (Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and Institute of Women’s Studies, Birzeit University) Economic and Popular Resistance


  • Sobhi Samour, Researcher, MAS-Palestine
  • Linda Tabar, Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies, Trinity College
  • Nora Lester Murad, Co-Founder, Aid Watch
  • Jamal Jumaa, Coordinator, Stop the Wall Campaign


Omar Barghouti (Co-Founder, BDS Movement) International Solidarity

  • Haidar Eid, Professor, Al-Aqsa University, Gaza
  • Cecilia Baeza, Professor at the Institute of International Relations of the PUC-São Paulo, the Catholic Pontifical University of São Paulo
  • Kristian Davis Bailey, Journalist and Activist, Black Lives Matter
  • Ingrid Jaradat, International Relations and Advocacy Advisor, Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem

Suhad Bishara (Senior Attorney and the Head of the Land and Planning Unit, Adalah- Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel) Struggle from Within


  • Yousef Jabareen, Joint Arab List
  • Hanin Zoabi, Joint Arab List
  • Raef Zreik, Lecturer, Carmel Academic Center
  • Huda Abu-Obeid, Human Rights Activist


Jamil Dakwar (Director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Human Rights Program (HRP) Restoring Unity, Restoring Rights


  • Lisa Taraki, Professor of Sociology and Vice-President of Community Affairs, Birzeit University
  • Basel Ghattas, Joint Arab List
  •  Loubna Qoutami, Ph.D candidate, Department of Ethnic Studies at University of California,Riverside and Member of the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM)
  • Dalia Malki, Researcher, Institute of Law at Birzeit University
  •  Mohammad Matter, Youth Organizer, Gaza