Noura Erakat Palestinian Human Rights Lawyer 

Assistant Professor George Mason University, US


Noura is a human rights lawyer and activist. As of Autumn 2014, she is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University. She has taught international human rights law in the Middle East and at Georgetown University. Since the Spring of 2009. Noura is a Co-Editor of Jadaliyya.

Most recently she served as Legal Counsel for the Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the House of Representatives. Prior to her time on Capitol Hill, Noura received a New Voices Fellowship to work as the national grassroots organizer and legal advocate at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation where she helped seed BDS campaigns nationally as well as support the cases brought against two former Israeli officials in U.S. federal courts for alleged war crimes. Prior to attending law school, she helped launch the divestment campaign along with the Students for Justice in Palestine at UC Berkeley.

Noura is a frequent commentator on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, US Middle East foreign policy, and international human rights in the Middle East. She has lived and worked throughout the Middle East including as part of a legal fact-finding delegation to the Gaza Strip in the aftermath of Israel’s Winter 2008/09 offensive and spent the Spring of 2010 in Beirut, Lebanon as a Visiting Scholar at the American University in Beirut.

She holds a BA and JD from UC Berkeley and a LLM in National Security from Georgetown University Law Center. Noura’s media appearances include Fox’s “The O’ Reilly Factor,” NBC’s “Politically Incorrect,” MSNBC’s “Up With Chris Hayes”. Her writings have been published in Foreign Policy, Al Jazeerea, the, The Interdependentand the Huffington Post.

BASED: Washington DC



On MSNBC 17/7/2014