Michael Sfard, the most prominent Israeli human rights lawyer, is one of the co-founders of the NGO Yesh Din and its present legal advisor. He has specialized in the defence of Palestinian victims of Israeli occupation and also assists soldiers who refuse to serve in the Palestinian Occupied Territories.
Michael Sfard has just released a book ‘The Wall and the Gate: Israel, Palestine and the Legal Battle for Human Rights’ (Macmillan/Henry Holt, 2018), which has given rise to intense debates in the United States throughout January and February.
He will address the broader issue of the current situation of human rights defenders in Israel and Palestine, a topic on which he published an Op-Ed in the New York Times of 5 January 2018.
This event is co-organized with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, with the support of JCall.
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This symposium, co-organized with the Department of International History of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, will discuss recent and ongoing research related to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
This short course focuses on the specific issues that arise in times of armed conflict regarding the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights. It addresses key issues like the applicability of human rights in times of armed conflict; the possibilities of restricting human rights under systems of limitations and derogations; and the extraterritorial application of human rights law.
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