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Noura Erakat


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January 15, 1980 (age 41),Alameda County, California, U.S. (

Assistant ProfessorAttorney

Alma mater
University of California, BerkeleyGeorgetown University

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Noura Erakat (born January 15, 1980) is a Palestinian American legal scholar, human rights attorney, and assistant professor at New Century College, George Mason University. She is an activist and writer, as well as a specialist in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, refugee law, humanitarian law, national security law, and social justice. Erakat is one of six core figures who launched Jadaliyya in 2010 (an ezine in English, Arabic, and French that is an initiative of the non-profit Arab Studies Institute (ASI) in Washington, D.C. and Beirut, Lebanon).


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Education and career

Erakat graduated with a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002 (Phi Beta Kappa) and was a UC Berkeley Human Rights Center Summer Fellow in 2003. She received her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law in 2005 and was awarded the Francine Diaz Memorial Scholarship Award in the same year. Finally, she completed her L.L.M at Georgetown University Law Center (with distinction and Dean’s List) in 2012.

Erakat has "served as legal counsel to the House of Representatives Oversight Committee" and has previously taught at Georgetown University. From 2012-2014, she was a Freedman Fellow with Temple University Beasley School of Law. She currently serves on the board of the Institute for Policy Studies, is a member of the Board of Directors for the Trans-Arab Research Institute, and is a policy advisor with the Al-Shabaka Network.

Academic book

  • Aborted State? The UN Initiative and New Palestinian Junctures. Co-edited with Mouin Rabbani, 2013.
  • Academic papers

  • "Palestinian Refugees and the Syrian Uprising: Filling the Protection Gap During Secondary Forced Displacement." Oxford Journal of International Refugee Law, Forthcoming.
  • "New Imminence in the Time of Obama: The Impact of Targeted Killings on the Law of Self Defense." Arizona Law Review, Forthcoming.
  • "The US v. The Red Cross: Customary International Humanitarian Law & Universal Jurisdiction." Denver Journal of International Law and Policy 41 Denv. J. Int'l L. & Pol'y 225 (Winter 2013).
  • "It’s Not Wrong, It’s Illegal: Situating the Gaza Blockade Between International Law and the UN Response." UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law, Vol. 11, No. 37, 2011-2012.
  • "Operation Cast Lead: The Elusive Quest for Self-Defense in International Law." 36 Rutgers L. Rec. 164 (2009).
  • "Litigating the Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Politicization of U.S. Federal Courtrooms." 2 Berkeley Journal of Middle Eastern & Islamic Law 27 (2009).
  • "U.S. Should Stop Funding Israel, or Let Others Broker Peace." New York Times, August 5, 2014.
  • "Israeli operation not about security: Opposing view." USA Today, July 31, 2014.
  • "Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza—Debunked." The Nation, July 25, 2014.
  • "Structural Violence on Trial: BDS and the Movement to Resist Erasure.” Los Angeles Review of Books, March 16, 2014.
  • Radio

  • To The Point: "A New Shot at Peace Talks: Will it be Different this Time?" KCRW, July 31, 2013.
  • Beyond Beijing: "Palestine seeking statehood bid in UN.” China Radio International, November 21, 2012.
  • Video

  • "Gaza in context.",, July 2016.
  • "Debating the tactics and ethics of warfare on both sides of Mideast conflict." PBS NewsHour, July 24, 2014.
  • "Gaza Debate: As Palestinian Deaths Top 100, Who’s to Blame for Escalating Violence? What Can Be Done?." Democracy Now!, July 11, 2014.
  • Up With Chris Hayes: “Obama wraps up first trip to Israel as president.” MSNBC, March 22, 2013.
  • Up With Chris Hayes: "What sparked escalation of violence in Israel and Gaza.” MSNBC, November 17, 2012.
  • ”The Law in These Parts: A Discussion.” WNET (PBS Thirteen)
  • References

    Noura Erakat Wikipedia