Can the Occupier Provide Justice?: The Dilemmas of Human Rights Litigation In Israeli Courts

28 Mar 2013


According to the New York Times, Michael Sfard is the Israeli human rights and peace movement’s leading lawyer. He has brought scores of human rights and land-use cases challenging Israel’s occupation politicies in the Palestinian territories, and represented hundreds of soldiers refusing to serve in the occupied territories. And as the Christian Science Monitor and Jewish Forward put it: “Young lawyer Michael Sfard has achieved something that the White House and left-leaning Israeli political leaders could not. His legal work on behalf of Palestinian clients is compelling Israel in at least two instances to roll back back Jewish settlements.” His legal successes has made him an enemy of the right: last year, an Israeli settler was indicted in connection with an Internet posting that called for his assassination. But Sfard is widely respected by judges and adversaries.

Sfard will be speaking on the illegalities and human rights violations committed by the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, and the dilemmas faced by human rights activists in pursing justice in Israeli courts.

Part of Pitt Law Schools Lawyering for Social Change Series

Event Date: 
Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Sponsored By: 
School of Law, University of Pittsburgh
Teplitz Courtroom, University of Pittsburgh Law School, 3900 Forbes Ave.
Target Audience: 
General Public
Higher Education
Presenter Type: 
Independent Consultant