Virtual Symposium on International Protection for the Palestinian People


Posted by the University of Pittsburgh:

Just in case you missed it, last week we held a virtual symposium with Francesca Albanese and Elizabeth Ferris in a discussion on 'International Protection for the Palestinian People.' Albanese and Ferris discussed the limitations implicit in current paradigms that privilege negotiations, political implications of calling for international protection, the importance of centering settler colonialism in the analysis, and more. This event was moderated by Edmund Ghareeb.

Francesca Albanese was appointed the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, by the Human Rights Council at its 49th session in March 2022 and has taken up her function as of 1 May 2022. She is a lawyer by training, specialised in human rights. Albanese is an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University, as well as a Senior Advisor on Migration and Forced Displacement for a think-tank, Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD).

Elizabeth Ferris is Research Professor with the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and an adjunct professor in the Georgetown Law School. She has also served as Senior Advisor to the UN General Assembly’s Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New York (2016) and as expert advisor to the UN’s High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement (2019-2021).

Edmund Ghareebis the Senior Scholar at the Palestine Center. An internationally recognized expert on the Middle East, Kurds, Iraq, and media issues, Dr. Ghareeb was the first Mustafa Barzani Scholar of Global Kurdish Studies at American University. He taught at George Washington University, as well as the University of Virginia, Georgetown University in DC and Qatar, and McGill University. He also is a frequent commentator and analyst for numerous outlets.