PRC to Host an International Conference on UNRWA

PRC to Host an International Conference on UNRWA

London, October, 24 2019

PRC to hold an academic conference on UNRWA and Palestinian refugees in partnership with the AlJazeera Centre for Studies and the University of Exeter, on Saturday November 30th 2019.

The conference is taking place the week preceding the 70th anniversary since UNRWA was founded through UN Resolution 302 (December 8, 1949). This anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the historical and ongoing relationship between UNRWA and Palestinian refugees and to discuss how this link can be harnessed to respond to the growing threats facing Palestinian refugees in the region. The conference comes at a crucial time - a period of precarity for Palestinians - where across the region refugees face increasing uncertainties and attacks on their rights.

The list of renowned speakers includes Michael Lynk, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967; Karen Abuzayd, former UNRWA Commissioner-General; Michael Schoiswohl, UNRWA’s Deputy Director and Principal Legal Officer at the Department of Legal Affairs; Alex Norris MP, acting Shadow Minister for the Department of International Development; and Karma Nabulsi, Professor at the University of Oxford. Other prominent academics and experts from the US, UK, Switzerland, Jordan and Canada will also feature at the conference.

The research papers presented at the conference will be compiled in a book to be published both in English and Arabic.



Confirmed Speakers: 

Karen Koning Abuzayd

Commissioner of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry for Syria and former UNRWA Commissioner-General

Riccardo Bocco

Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva - IHEID

Leila Hilal

International human rights lawyer and former special adviser to UNRWA on durable solutions for Palestinian refugees

Jalal Al Husseini

Associate Researcher, Institut français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo), Amman

Anne Irfan

Lecturer in Forced Migration at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

Dr. Mohammed Mukhtar Al Khalil

Director of the Al Jazeera Centre for Studies

Ghada Karmi

Honorary research fellow at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter

Michael Lynk

UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967

Karma Nabulsi

Professor in Politics and International Relations, Oxford University

Alex Norris MP

Shadow Minister for International Development

Ilan Pappé

Professor of History, Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies, University of Exeter

Sophie Richter-Devroe

Associate Professor in the Women, Society and Development Program at the College of Humanities and Social Science, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Terry Rempel

Independent Researcher

Michael Schoiswhol

Acting Director and Principal Legal Officer at UNRWA HQ Department for Legal Affairs


More speakers and full programme to be announced in November.

Light lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Venue will have wheelchair access.


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