Events and activities

Law and Society as an approach to studying forced migration


How can “law and society” as an approach serves to better understanding and dealing with refugees as an exception to the normal application of law.

In other words, how can “law and society” help normalize the exceptional case that represents refugee hood for the normal proceeding of law. Palestinian refugees are living under the state of exception in most host countries.

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 10

Language Engineering and the Israeli Hebracization of the Palestinian Landscape: A Study in Palestinian Resistance Discourse (1997-2010)


This study explores Israeli language engineering and the Hebracization of the landscape, with a special emphasis on the cultural and the legal discourse of Palestinian resistance from 1997 to 2010.

Because Palestine lives under a harsh colonial condition under Zionist occupation, the language of struggle and the struggle on language needs to be dealt with accordingly.

Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 10

Palestinian Migrants in Ramallah


Palestinian Migrants in Ramallah, by: Dr. Majid Shihade – Identity, Conflict, Modernity, and Anthropology of knowledge 

The research paper looks into the situation of Palestinian migrants in the Ramallah area. It will examine the question of Palestinians who migrate to the Ramallah area for work, and what issues they face here, and how would this research complicate further the question of the Palestinian migration and refugees.

Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 10

Civil Rights of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon


The main points of the presentation, in reaction to the article in Majallat Al-Derasat Al-Falasteenya (2010, pp. 30-43) on Civil Rights of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon, for Sari Hanafi. Here are some of the points that were raised: 

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 10

IDRC Policies and Projects on Refugees


Roula El-Rifai a Senior Program Specialist, Middle East Unit at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) presented an overview of the IDRC focus on Palestinian Refugees and the Middle East peace process. She mentioned the importance of policy papers versus research projects.

She stated that the key research projects are concentrated on compensation, absorption of Palestinian refugees and public opinion.

Monday, October 4, 2010 - 09

New Grounds for Invoking Refugee Status


The five grounds for persecution or fear of persecution as stated in Article 1A of the 1951 Geneva Convention are 'race, religion, nationality, and membership of a particular social group or political group.’ The 1951 Refugee Convention grounds of '...race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion' are certainly not an exhaustive list for invoking refugee status as proved by the subsequent developments and codification of international refugee law.

Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 09

“European Union: History, Law and Institutions”


The workshop opened with the speech of Dr. Samia Hilala, Vice President for Community Outreach, as she emphasized the importance of Birzeit University in discussing political and national issues, and the significance of viewing the political, economical and legal experiences of other countries. She further added that “the objective of this course, which the workshop is derived from, is to identify the EU as a regional  organization, shedding light on the evolution of the EU after World War II, in addition to EU institutions and the process of decision making on all levels.”

Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 13