Video: Palestine and the Right to Resist

On Wednesday, Nov. 1, the NLG IC, together with NLG National, organized a webinar on Palestine and the Right to Resist. Watch the full video online here:

Speakers include: Edre Olalia (National Union of People’s Lawyers, Philippines); Brahim Rouabah (professor of political science, on Algeria); Shahd Hammouri (Lecturer in Law, University of Kent); Jan Fermon (General Secretary, International Association of Democratic Lawyers); Suzanne Adely (President, NLG); Andrew Dietz (Student National VP, NLG); Charlotte Kates (NLG International Committee, Samidoun)

Further Resources:

The Palestinian people have the right to resistance by all means available at their disposal, Dr. Shahd Hammouri:

The status in international law of national liberation movements and their use of armed force, by Edre Olalia:

IADL White Paper on Gaza, 2009:

On the global south narrative – here is a podcast of a talk Shahd Hammouri gave before:


Edre Olalia 

Human rights lawyer Edre U. Olalia serves as the chairperson of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) and is the transitional IADL president. Edre has served as a legal consultant of the Philippines national liberation movt organization – the National Democratic Front in the peace negotiations with the Phil govt since 1996.


Jan Fermon is a lawyer at the Bar of Brussels, Belgium, specialized in criminal law, international (humanitarian) law and human rights law. Since 2005 Fermon is a bureau member of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) and serves as the General Secretary. He has represented trade unionists against attempts to criminalize collective action, victims of the genocide in Rwanda and of war crimes committed by US troops during the war on Iraq and of NATO bombings in Libya. He was the lead lawyer for the founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines Jose Maria Sison in the successful case against the “terrorist” blacklisting by the EU. He was part of the legal team that successfully defended forty-one Kurdish activists accused of participation in the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). With Ties Prakken he published his book »Political Defense« in 2010 with Wolf Legal Publishers.


Dr Shahd Hammouri

Shahd is a Lecturer in Law. Her research lies at the intersection of Public International Law, International Economic Law and Legal Theory.

Her current research takes on a critical approach to assess the discourse of business and human rights, particularly in the context of war. Her critical approach is premised on the study of second-level presumptions and representations in the ethos of post-structuralist critical theory.

Before joining Kent Law School, Shahd taught Human Rights at the University of Manchester and International Legal Theory at Sciences Po, Paris. Her legal education spans over three jurisdictions: Jordanian, French and British. She was a researcher and a consultant on international law at a number of civil society organisations including the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), Transparency International, Syrian Legal Development and HEC, Paris. She is a member of the Executive Committee at Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights.

Shahd is also a writer on the political economy of the Middle East and North Africa Region, as well as critical theory. Her work has been featured on a wide range of platforms

Brahim Rouabah is a Teaching Fellow in Political Science at Brooklyn College (City University of New York-CUNY-), and a Doctoral Candidate in Political Science at The Graduate Center (CUNY). Brahim’s work revolves around popular movements theory and knowledge production and interrogates the effects of neo-colonialism and imperialism on global south peoples/societies. Brahim Rouabah is the founder and former head of the UK-based Algeria Solidarity Campaign, and a current board member of the Paris-based Frantz Fanon foundation. Brahim’s writings have appeared in such publications as the Review of African Political Economy, Africa is a Country, Middle East Law and Governance, among others. 


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