Palestine Refugees and International Law
Friday, 10 March 2023 to Saturday, 11 March 2023
University of Macedonia, Egnatia 156, Thessaloniki 546 36, Greece
The 2023 Palestine Refugees and International Law short course will be held as an in-person event on Friday 10 March and Saturday 11 March 2023 at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece.
This two-day short course places the Palestinian refugee case study within the broader context of the international human rights regime. It examines, within a human rights framework, the policies and practices of Middle Eastern states as they impinge upon Palestinian refugees. Through a mix of online lectures, working group exercises and interactive sessions, participants will engage actively and critically with the contemporary debates in international law, and analyse the specific context of Palestinian refugees in the Middle East (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the West Bank, Gaza and Israel).
The short course commences with the background of the Palestinian refugee crisis, with special attention to the socio-political historical context and legal status of Palestinian refugees in the region. This is followed by a careful examination of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights including its philosophical underpinnings and ensuing human rights instruments in international law. The key themes, which have taken centre stage in the debate on the Palestinian refugee crisis, are statelessness, right of return, repatriation, self-determination, restitution compensation and protection. These themes are critically examined along with current discussions about the respective roles of UNRWA, UNHCR and the UNCCP in the Palestinian refugee case.
This course is suitable for: experienced practitioners; graduate researchers; parliamentarians and staff; members of the legal profession; government officials; and personnel of inter-governmental and nongovernmental organisations.
Dawn Chatty, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Forced Migration; Former Director, Refugee Studies Centre
Susan M Akram, Clinical Professor, Boston University School of Law
Please see the course page for full details on fees, deadlines, and how to apply.