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Allegra Pacheco

Expanding the Legal Paradigm for Palestine: An International Law Conference at Birzeit University

[A view of the separation wall in the West Bank, Palestine. Image by Wall in Palestine (Flickr)]

The settlement project in the West Bank is not just a collection of rickety caravans installed on Palestinian farmland that can be dismantled upon the signing of a peace agreement.  Costing seventeen billion USD and populated by more than half a million Israelis, this enterprise has become a huge colonialist and real estate enterprise. It sprawls across twelve million square meters of roads, homes, and factories on some of the most important Palestinian geographic and ...

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Allegra Pacheco


Allegra Pacheco is an American born and trained international law attorney and a graduate of Columbia Law School with honors in international law. Based in the West Bank, since 1994 she has represented hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli courts in cases dealing with torture, prisoners’ rights, administrative detention, land confiscations and house demolitions.  She has also worked in the United Nations, including for seven years as the Deputy Head of Office and also Head of Advocacy, at the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the oPt.  Ms. Pacheco has published numerous articles on Palestine including three op-ed pieces in the New York Times. Ms. Pacheco is a member of the organizing committee of the Bir Zeit conference and is the coordinator of the Decolonizing Palestine project.