The Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) with the German Jordanian University (GJU) cordially invite you to the Book Talk: Palestinian Refugees in International Law.
To be held on Wednesday 20th October 2021, from 6:30-8:30 pm, at the German Jordanian University (GJU) / Jabal Amman, Muath Ben Jabal Street, Bldg. No. 5.
Authors Francesca Albanese and Lex Takkenberg will join in a conversation with Dr. Oroub El- Abed, a Lead researcher (Jordan based) at Center for Lebanese Studies / Lebanese American University and Daoud Kuttab, award winning journalist. Moderated by Prof. Dr. Ralf Roßkopf, Vice President for International Affairs at the German Jordanian University (GJU).
The Palestinian refugee question, resulting from the events surrounding the birth of the State of Israel seventy years ago, remains one of the largest and most protracted refugee crises of the post-Second World War era. Numbering over six million in the Near East alone, Palestinian refugee status varies considerably according to the state or territory ‘hosting’ them, the UN agency assisting them, and political circumstances surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict these refugees are naturally associated with. Despite being foundational to both the experience of the Palestinian refugees and the associated with. Despite being foundational to both the experience of the Palestinian refugees and the resolution to their plight, international law is often sidelined in political discussions concerning their fate. Francesca Albanese’s and Lex Takkenberg’s new book Palestinian Refugees in International Law offers a clear and comprehensive analysis of the Palestinian refugee question in light of various areas of international law, shedding light on: the distinctive regime set up for them, their status and rights (as refugees, often stateless persons, protected at times of war and internal displacement) but also their actual treatment in about fifty countries. It ultimately probes the relevance of international norms to the provision of international protection for Palestinian refugees and their quest for durable solutions.
The talk will be conducted in English
A Dutch National, he is a senior advisor at ARDD and heads Project20s. He worked in various field and headquarters positions with UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, since 1989 and was until late 2019 based at its Amman headquarters where he occupied the post of Chief, Ethics Office. Before joining UNRWA, he was the Legal Officer of the Dutch Refugee Council for six years. A law graduate from the University of Amsterdam, he obtained a Doctorate in International Law from the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands, after having successfully defended his doctoral dissertation entitled The Status of Palestinian Refugees in International Law. Oxford University Press (OUP) published a commercial edition of the dissertation in 1998; an integral Arabic translation was published by the Institute for Palestine Studies in 2003. A new version of the book – co-authored with Francesca Albanese, was published, also with OUP, in 2020.
is an international lawyer and legal researcher, and an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute of International Migration at Georgetown University. From March 2021, Francesca leads the Question of Palestine program at ARDD. A human rights legal practitioner since 2003, including as a legal officer with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and UNRWA Department of Legal Affairs, based in Jerusalem, Francesca has also authored reports, articles and opinions on the Question of Palestine and Palestinian refugees, UNRWA’s mandate and the complementary role of UNRWA and UNHCR to protect these refugees. She is also the principal author of Palestinian Refugees in International Law, written with Lex Takkenberg and published by Oxford University Press in 2020. Francesca holds a LL.B from the University of Pisa (Italy) and an LL.M from SOAS University (London, UK) and is completing her PhD in refugee studies at the Law School of the University of Amsterdam.
Prof. Dr. Ralf Roßkopf
Vice President for International Affairs at the German Jordanian University (GJU), Jordan, is also a professor at the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS), Germany, was Vice President there, Dean for the Schools responsible for Social Work at both universities and Coordinator of the Master’s Programme “International Social Work with Refugees and Migrants” (FHWS). He is teaching law for Social Work with special expertise in Migration, Refugee and Human Rights Law.