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Noura Erakat, Richard Falk, Leonard Small, Pardiss Kebriaei, Nathan Freed Wessler, and Lisa Hajjar

Roundtable on Targeted Killing

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[The following series of articles is part of a Jadaliyya roundtable on targeted killing. It features contributions by Noura Erakat, Lisa Hajjar, Leonard Small, Richard Falk, Pardiss Kebriaei, and Nathan Freed Wessler. The roundtable was first published in March 2012.] Part I: Jadaliyya Roundtable on Targeted Killing: Introduction Part II: A Meditation on Reciprocity and Self-Defense in Relation to Targeted Killing Part III: Lawyering and Targeted ...

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Noura Erakat, Richard Falk, Leonard Small, Pardiss Kebriaei, Nathan Freed Wessler, and Lisa Hajjar

Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and writer. She is currently an adjunct professor of international human rights law in the Middle East at Georgetown University and is the US-based Legal Advocacy Coordinator for Badil Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights. Most recently she served as Legal Counsel for a Congressional Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, chaired by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich. She has helped to initiate and organize several national formations including Arab Women Arising for Justice (AMWAJ) and the U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN). Noura has appeared on Fox’s “The O’ Reilly Factor,” NBC’s “Politically Incorrect,” MSNBC, and Al-Jazeera Arabic and English. Her 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, "Arabiya Made Invisible: Between the Marginalization of Agency and the Silencing of Dissent" in a Syracuse Press anthology, and "BDS in the USA: 2001-2010," in the Middle East Report. She is a Co-Editor of Noura is currently completing her LLM in National Security at Georgetown University Law Center. You can follow her on Twitter at @4noura. 

Richard Falk is Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and Visiting Distinguished Professor in Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Falk has been Special Rapporteur on Occupied Palestine for the UN Human Rights Council since 2008, and served on a panel of experts appointed by the President of the UN General Assembly in 2008-2009. He is also a member of the editorial board of several journals and magazines, including the American Journal of International LawThird World Quarterly,GlobalizationsThe Nation, and The Progressive. Among his many books are: The Role of Domestic Courts in the International Legal OrderLegal Order in a Violent WorldThe Status of Law in International SocietyThe Vietnam War and International LawThis Endangered Planet: Prospects and Proposals for Human SurvivalLaw in an Emerging Global Village: A Post-Westphalian PerspectivePredatory Globalization: A Critique;Human Rights HorizonsReligion and Humane Global GovernanceThe Great Terror WarThe Declining World Order: America’s Neoimperial GeopoliticsThe Record of the Paper: How theNew York Times Misreports Foreign Policy (with Howard Friel); Crimes of War: Iraq (edited with R.J. Lifton and Irene Gendzier); Israel-Palestine on the Record: How the New York Times Misreports Conflict in the Middle East (with Howard Friel); The Costs of War: International Law, the UN, and World Order after IraqHuman Rights: Critical Concepts in Political Science (edited with Hilal Elver and Lisa Hajjar); At the Nuclear Precipice(edited with David Krieger); and Achieving Human Rights.

Leonard Small is a doctoral student in Political Science and Law. He is writing his dissertation on the history and legality of assassination and targeted killing in the US and Israel.

Pardiss Kebriaei is an attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, where she represents people unjustly detained and targeted pursuant to U.S. national security policies. She was lead counsel for CCR in Al-Aulaqi v. Obama.

Nathan Freed Wessler is the National Security Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union's National Security Project. He is involved in litigation concerning indefinite detention at Guantánamo Bay and Bagram, Afghanistan; targeted killing; and excessive government secrecy. Wessler is a graduate of New York University School of Law and clerked for the Honorable Helene N. White, Sixth Court of Appeals.

Lisa Hajjar teaches sociology at the University of California – Santa Barbara. Her research and writing focus on law and legality, war and conflict, human rights, and torture. She is the author of Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza (University of California Press, 2005). In addition to being a Co-Editor at Jadaliyya, she serves on the editorial committees of Middle East Report and Journal of Palestine Studies. She is currently working on a book about anti-torture lawyering in the United States.