Palestine Works is a US-based nonprofit committed to delivering alternative and effective advocacy strategies for Palestinian rights.
We are building a network of capable professionals through high-impact knowledge exchange opportunities, including internships, conferences, publications, and networking. We thereby prepare these young professionals to mobilize their skills through our advocacy projects, which are guided by our core principles of service, innovation, efficacy and Palestinian agency.
The Law Fellowship empowers law students and recent law graduates to support the work of human rights organizations in occupied Palestine and Israel while developing new, informed advocates for Palestinian rights and stakeholders in a just resolution of the conflict. Over the programme's first four years, 60 law fellows have contributed more than 10,000 hours of pro bono legal and advocacy work to our partner organizations and the Palestinian communities they serve.
Young Palestinian Lawyers FELLOWSHIP
SUPPORTED BY THE GERMAN COOPERATION AND IMPLEMENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DEUTSCHE GESELLSCHAFT FÜR INTERNATIONALE ZUSAMMENARBEIT (GIZ)
The YPLF is a project of engagement, empowerment, and sustained cooperation for young Palestinian legal professionals. It builds local capacity in public international law and practical lawyering skills through its educational components - including a moot court competition, a writing competition, and a lecture series - as well as sustained cross-border relationships among the next generation of Palestinian lawyers, fostering knowledge exchanges and professional synergy.
The inaugural YPLF Conference was held 1-5 August 2016 at Birzeit University. It featured a moot court competition in which competitors argued both sides of a fictional, but plausible, contentious case between Palestine and Israel before the International Court of Justice, and a writing competition that examined the legal and policy considerations in rebuilding the Palestinian national movement. The speaking series included lectures by preeminent legal voices on the question of Palestine: George Bisharat, Omar Dajani, Amb. Maen Areikat, Diana Buttu, Omar Dajani, Lubna Katbeh, Michael Kearney, and John Quigley. Other program components include a career-advice roundtable and an interactive discussion on alternative advocacy strategies for Palestinian rights. The second annual YPLF Conference will be held in Summer 2017.