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Prof Lynn Welchman: Human Rights and the Middle East - A Thousand and One Stories Starting with Palestine

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Professor Lynn Welchman

Date: 31 January 2013Time: 6:30 PM

Finishes: 31 January 2013Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Inaugural Lecture

Taken separately, “human rights” and the “Middle East” are rarely out of the headlines, concepts
to conjour with, and with an exponentially growing scholarship to match. Taken together, “human rights and the Middle East” frequently figure as uneasy partners, a dissonant coupling, in light of the many challenges presented as defying their integration. In this lecture, Professor Welchman will draw out the threads of a few human rights stories in light of her own scholarship and experience in the Middle East, with a view to illustrating responses to these challenges by those who act – imagine! – despite admonishments that (politically, ideologically) this is not properly their struggle.

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Prof Lynn Welchman's Inaugural Lecture: Human Rights and the Middle East - A Thousand and One Stories Starting with Palestine


Lynn Welchman is Professor of Law with particular reference to the Middle East and North Africa in the SOAS School of Law, where she teaches Law and Society in MENA, Human Rights and Islamic Law, and the International Human Rights Clinic. Before and alongside her academic career, Professor Welchman has had both a professional and a volunteer NGO human rights engagement, mostly in the Middle East. She is a member of the founding editorial board of the Muslim World Journal of Human Rights, the Board of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Foundation, and the Board of Trustees of INTERIGHTS.

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