Time: Monday 20 March, 12.30-2pm
Venue: NAB 1.04, The London School of Economics
Speaker: Professor Richard Falk
Discussants: Chris Doyle
Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor
Richard Falk, former UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine (2008-2014), has dedicated much of his life to the study of the Israel/Palestine conflict. His book Palestine’s Horizon explores the intricacies and interconnections of the history and politics of Israel/Palestine. After enduring years of violent occupation, the Palestinian movement is exploring different avenues for peace. These include the pursuit of rights under international law in venues such as the UN and International Criminal Court, and the new emphasis on global solidarity and non-violent militancy embodied by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign, among others.
Falk refutes the notion that the Palestinian struggle is a ‘lost cause’ by focusing on new tactics of resistance. He also reflects on the legacy of Edward Said, drawing on the importance of his humanist thought. Against this background, he provides a vision of peace that is mindful of the formidable difficulties of achieving a just solution to the long conflict.
This afternoon event will launch Professor Richard Falk’s book, discussed by Professor Richard Falk himself, Chris Doyle; Director of CAABU (Council for Arab-British Understanding), and chaired by Professor Mary Kaldor; Director of Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at LSE.
“Falk’s contributions have been so vast and so consistent – they combine unparalleled experience and scholarship. This is a wonderful synthesis of his longtime work on Palestine and Israel in a single and accessible volume.” – Noura Erekat, Human Rights Attorney and Assistant Professor, George Mason University
Copies of Palestine’s Horizon will be available to buy straight after the event at a price of £10 (RRP £14.99).
About the speaker:
Richard Falk is one of the leading voices on the Israel/Palestine conflict. He was the UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine between 2008-2014. He is Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and a Research Fellow in Global Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is the author of over twenty books including Chaos and Counterrevolution: After the Arab Spring (Zed Books, 2015).