Omar Yousef Shehabi is a generalist public international lawyer with a variety of specialist interests, including international dispute settlement, law of international responsibility, the law and practice of the United Nations, human rights law, and international humanitarian law. Since 2013, he has served in legal and policy capacities with the United Nations in the occupied Palestinian territory. He has provided technical assistance to Palestinian negotiators in peace negotiations with Israel and participated in drafting international instruments. He has taught public international law and human rights law and lectured extensively at law schools throughout the United States. He has provided expert testimony before various high-level bodies and to members of the US House and Senate, German Bundestag, and European Parliament. Previously, he worked as a labor and employment attorney, representing labor unions, employers, and employee benefit funds. His practice included litigation, arbitration, negotiation of collective labor contracts, internal investigations, industrial relations strategy, and employment law compliance.

Lectures & Presentations


  • Permanence in International Law and Protracted Territorial Conflicts

    American Society of International Law Midyear Meeting, New York, USA, 7-9 November 2019

  • Dans ses frontières authentiques?: Morocco’s advanced regionalisation and the question of Western Sahara
    Middle East Studies Association, New Orleans, USA, 14-17 November 2019


  • Palestinian Refugees in International Law, Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, USA, March 2018

  • Post-Oslo Palestine in International Law, Fordham University Law Center, New York, USA, April 2016

  • The Right of Return in International Law, discussion with Professor Susan Akram at ‘The Palestinian Right of Return: A Legal and Political Analysis’ conference, New York University Law School, New York, USA, April 2016

  • Palestine: The Legal, Political, and Practical Realities of Occupation, panel discussion with Professor Ian Lustick, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, USA, November 2015

  • Non-Recognition Doctrine and Occupied Palestine, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, January 2015

  • Non-Recognition Doctrine and Occupied Palestine, Columbia Law School, New York, January 2015

  • Non-Recognition Doctrine and Occupied Palestine, Boston University School of Law, January 2015

  • Palestine’s Post-Recognition Legal and Diplomatic Initiatives, German House, Ramallah, Palestine, December 2014

  • European Recognition of Palestine and Conflict Resolution Strategies, dialogue with Dr Alex Kouttab, European Parliament delegation, Ramallah, Palestine, December 2014

  • Human Rights in Palestine and Israel, Pennsylvania State University Law School, University Park, USA, January 2013