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Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and activist. As of Fall 2014, she is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University. She has taught international human rights law in the Middle East at Georgetown University since Spring 2009. Noura is a Co-Editor of Jadaliyya.

Most recently she served as Legal Counsel for the Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the House of Representatives. Prior to her time on Capitol Hill, Noura received a New Voices Fellowship to work as the national grassroots organizer and legal advocate at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation where she helped seed BDS campaigns nationally as well as support the cases brought against two former Israeli officials in U.S. federal courts for alleged war crimes. Prior to attending law school, she helped launch the divestment campaign along with the Students for Justice in Palestine at UC Berkeley.

She has helped to initiate and organize several national formations including AMWAJ-Arab Women Arising for Justice and the U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN). She currently serves on the board of the Trans-Arab Research Institute.

Noura has appeared on MSNBC's "Up With Chris Hayes," Fox's "The O' Reilly Factor," NBC's "Politically Incorrect," and Al-Jazeera Arabic and English. Her publications have appeared in The Hill, Foreign Policy, Al Ahram English, Fair Observer, The Interdependent, IntLawGrrls, The Huffington Post, and Al Jazeera.

Noura's scholarly publications include: "Litigating the Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Politicization of U.S. Federal Courts" in the Berkeley Law Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Law and "US v. ICRC: Customary International Humanitarian Law and Universal Jurisdiction" in the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy.

Noura spent the Spring 2010 academic semester in Beirut, Lebanon, where she worked with human rights attorney, Nizar Saghieh, on several issues including administrative detention of Iraqi refugees. Noura helped Saghieh establish the Legal Agenda, a NGO dedicated to studying law and society and that advocates for legal reform in the Arab world through civic and judicial empowerment.

Noura holds law and undergraduate degrees from the University of California at Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa) and a LLM in National Security from Georgetown University Law Center (Distinction & Dean's List).

Testimonials

“I had never heard anyone speak with such passion. How proud Palestine must be of you, and how proud you must be of Palestine. Your speech however, was not only passionate and awesome, but you had all the information to back up the Palestine-Zionism-U.S. War.”

— Yuri Kochiyama, long-time civil rights activist

Speeches
  • Operation Protective Edge: Gaza in Context
  • Development, Democracy, Human Rights & The Arab Uprisings
  • The Death of the Two-State Solution
  • US v. ICRC: Customary International Humanitarian Law and Universal Jurisdiction
  • Palestinian Politics: Representation and Accountability
  • Palestine: Self-determination and statehood in International Law
  • The Struggle for Palestinian Self-Determination: Decentralized Leadership and International Solidarity
  • Blueprint for Accountability: Gaza, Goldstone, and the Crisis of Impunity
  • Constructing the Prototypical Terrorist in America: Arab, Muslim, and Palestinian
  • Is it Wrong or Illegal? Situating the Gaza Blockade Between International Law and the UN Response
  • Palestinians in the US, Politics of Exclusion, and Activism
  • Habeas Corpus: Origins and use on behalf of African slaves, alleged terrorists, and Iraqi refugees
  • Grassroots Lobbying on the Middle East: Iran, Syria, and Palestine
  • Grassroots Activism, International Solidarity, and Community Empowerment
  • International Law, Congress, and Palestine
  • International Law and Israeli Apartheid
  • Competing Narratives and the Impact on a Negotiated settlement: Israel’s quest for Peace and Security 1948-Present and Palestinian Human Rights
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