Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and assistant professor at George Mason University. She has served as legal counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives and as a legal advocate for Palestinian refugee rights at the United Nations. Noura's research interests include human rights and humanitarian, refugee, and national security law. She is a frequent commentator, with recent appearances on CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and NPR, among others, and her writings have been widely published in the national media and academic journals.
Without any doubt, Justice for Some is the best book on the law and politics of the Palestine/Israel struggle-sophisticated, learned, humane, and creative. Noura Erakat makes a profound contribution to our general understanding of the paradoxical role of law in the contemporary world. -- Richard Falk * Former UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine, author of <i>Palestine's Horizon: Toward a Just Peace</i> * Noura Erakat brings a sophisticated understanding of the role of international law over the last century in the Question of Palestine. This brilliant book will be of great interest to anyone seeking to understand why the outcome, thus far, to the disposition of the Palestine problem has not been a just one. -- Rashid Khalidi * Columbia University * Anyone wondering how and why international law has failed so miserably to curb Israeli violations in Palestine and the deleterious effect this has had on the law itself should read this book. Noura Erakat skillfully communicates the realities and history with the skill of a lawyer and the passion of an activist. Justice for Some is both enriching and inspiring. -- Raja Shehadeh * founder of Al-Haq, author of <i>Where the Line Is Drawn: A Tale of Crossings, Friendships, and Fifty Years of Occupation in Israel-Palestine</i> * Noura Erakat's incisive exploration of the role of law in shaping the development of Israel/Palestine reveals the consistent genuflection of international legal institutions to Israel's reliance on well-established colonial practices. She also forcefully argues that the skillful use of international law as a tool of struggle can be generative of hope and possibility-for Palestine and the world. Justice for Some is precisely the book we need at this time. -- Angela Y. Davis * author of <i>Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement</i> * Through a brilliant and bracing analysis of the Palestine question and settler colonialism, Noura Erakat offers a compelling story of how the antinomies of structure and indeterminacy shaped international law and its possibilities. Justice for Some is a vital lens into movement lawyering on the international plane. At once tragic and inspiring, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in decolonization and the politics of international law. -- Vasuki Nesiah, New York University * founding member of Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) * A radical rethinking of the role of law and legal advocacy in the struggle for Palestinian rights. Noura Erakat tells how a refugee problem became a national liberation movement, and the tragic story of how initiative and momentum were squandered after Oslo. Brilliant, inspiring, coldly realistic-and hopeful. -- Duncan Kennedy, Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence Emeritus * Harvard Law School *