Francesca P. Albanese, international human rights and refugee lawyer, and Dr. Lex Takkenberg, most recently Chief of the UNRWA Ethics Office, join LAU New York and the Centre for Lebanese Studies for a discussion of their new book and the latest developments surrounding Palestinian refugees, the UN, and international law.
Francesca P. Albanese, Research Affiliate for the Study of International Migration (ISIM), Georgetown University, and Visiting Scholar at American University of Beirut
Dr. Lex Takkenberg, former Chief of the UNRWA Ethics Office
Moderated by Nadim Shehadi, Executive Director, LAU New York Academic Center
The Palestinian refugee question 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 refugees' 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 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.