Webinar / Palestinian Refugees in International Law – book launch

PAX and The Rights Forum are hosting an online book launch with the authors of the book ‘Palestinian Refugees in International Law’. The event will take place on Thursday, December 17, at 13:30 CEST. The link to sign up for the book launch can be found below.

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Overview

What: an online book launch hosted by PAX and The Rights Forum with the authors of the book ‘Palestinian Refugees in International Law’.

When: Thursday, December 17, 13:30-15:00 CEST.

Speakers: Francesca P. Albanese, Dr. Lex Takkenberg, Mouin Rabbani, Marcel Brus.

Language: English, with Arabic interpretation available.

Register: via this link.

The Palestinian refugee question, resulting from the events surrounding the birth of the State of Israel seventy years ago, remains one of the largest and most protracted refugee crises of the post-Second World War era. Numbering over six million in the Near East alone, Palestinian refugee’s status varies considerably according to the state or territory ‘hosting’ them, the UN agency assisting them, and political circumstances surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict these refugees are naturally associated with. Despite being foundational to both the experience of the Palestinian refugees and the resolution to their plight, international law is often sidelined in political discussions concerning their fate.

Francesca Albanese’s and Lex Takkenberg’s new book Palestinian Refugees in International Law offers a clear and comprehensive analysis of the Palestinian refugee question in light of various areas of international law, shedding light on: the distinctive regime set up for them, their status and rights (as refugees, often stateless persons, protected at times of war and internal displacement) but also their actual treatment in about fifty countries. It ultimately probes the relevance of international norms to the provision of international protection for Palestinian refugees and their quest for durable solutions.

The authors

Francesca P. Albanese is a Research Affiliate for the Study of International Migration (ISIM), Georgetown University and Visiting Scholar, at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Studies Policies and International Affairs, American University of Beirut. She is an international lawyer specialized in human rights and refugee issues in the Arab world. She has 15 years of professional experience, working with the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, European Union (electoral assistance), UN Development Programme, and NGOs (protection, human rights). Albanese received her LL.B (Hons.) at Pisa University, and her LL.M (Human Rights) at SOAS University.

Dr. Lex Takkenberg has worked with UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, from 1989 until late 2019 and is currently a freelance lecturer and consultant. He is the former Chief of the UNRWA Ethics Office. Prior to that, he held positions including UNRWA’s General Counsel, (agency-wide) Director of Operations, and (Deputy) Field Director in Gaza and Syria. Before joining UNRWA, he was the Legal Officer of the Dutch Refugee Council for six years. A law graduate from the University of Amsterdam, he obtained a Doctorate in International Law from the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Discussants

Mouin Rabbani (Dutch-Palestinian Middle East Analyst)

Rabbani is an independent Middle East analyst specialising in Palestinian affairs and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He was previously Senior Analyst with the International Crisis Group. Rabbani is Senior Fellow with the Institute for Palestine Studies, Co-Editor of Jadaliyya, and Contributing Editor to Middle East Report. He has written and commented widely on the Middle East.

Marcel Brus (Professor of Public International Law, University of Groningen)