April 1, NYC: Palestinian Right of Return: Legal and Political Analysis

Friday, April 1, 2016 | 2:30–6:30 PM
Vanderbilt Hall, New York University School of Law
40 Washington Square South


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. Hosted by: Law Students for Justice in Palestine, Center for Human Rights and Global JusticePalestine Works, National Lawyer’s Guild (NYU Chapter), Law Students for Human Rights, NYU Students for Justice in Palestine.

A Contested Right: Mobilization & Resistance on the Palestinian Right of Return
2:00-3:45 PM in Golding Lounge

The first panel will address the political marginalization of the Palestinian right of return and grassroots responses. The panel will feature Emilio Dabed of Columbia Law School and Al-Quds University, Michael Letwin of Jews for Palestinian Right of Return and Jamil Dakwar, a human rights lawyer and adjunct lecturer at John Jay College. Omar Shakir of the Center for Constitutional Rights will moderate.

The Right of Return Under International Law: A Conversation with Susan Akram
4:00-5:30 PM in Vanderbilt Hall 204

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.

Cocktail Reception
5:30-6:30 PM in Golding Lounge

The event will end with a cocktail reception to meet and continue the discussion with the panelists and student organizers.