Achievements

The UNESCO Chair on Human Rights and Democracy presented a Research Paper titled “The Right ‎‎of Self-determination in a Context of Ethnic-nationalized State” during Al-Haq’s 40th  Anniversary ‎‎Seminar on “The Right of the Palestinian People to Self-determination”. This seminar was held in ‎the‏ ‏Ramallah Municipal Theatre on 13 July 2019.‎

  • A lecture titled “Digital Democratization of Graduate Education” was held on the 18th of June 2019 ‎regarding “Blockchain, Cryptocurrency Emerging, and Disruptive Technologies”. The lecture was ‎presented by Prof. Robert Wood and Prof. Nadia Massoud from Melbourne University, Australia, and ‎certificates were given to the persons who attended the lecture.‎
  • The UNESCO Chair on Human Rights and Democracy organized a discussion of the book titled ‎‎“Tetouan and other Travel Stories”, which was written by Palestinian writer Samih Masoud. The ‎event took place on 18 July 2017. (No picture available)‎
  • As part of the project for assessing the paracommons of water in the Palestinian irrigation system, the ‎UNESCO Chair on Human Rights and Democracy held a lecture titled “Governing the Paracommons ‎of Palestinian Water”. This lecture was held in cooperation with the Water and Environmental Studies‎
  • Institute (WESI) of An-Najah National University and it was presented by Professor Bruce Lankford.‎The lecture was held at 2 pm on 23 January 2017 in the Conference Hall of the new campus library.‎
  • A lecture was held on 9 October 2017 to discuss a book titled “Qu’est-Ce Qu’une Revolution?” (What ‎is a Revolution?). This book was written by historian Prof. Hamit Bozarslan who is the Research and ‎Studies Director at the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris.‎
  • A lecture was held in 2017 to discuss a book titled “The Way to the Spring” by American writer Ben ‎Ehrenreich. The book speaks about life and death in Palestine; and especially in the village of Nabi ‎Saleh where there is ongoing suffering from settler violence.‎
  • On the 12th of April 2017, a seminar titled “International Humanitarian Law with Special Reference to ‎the Palestinian Situation” was held through collaboration between the UNESCO Chair on Human ‎Rights and Democracy and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).‎
  • ‎On the 27th  of April 2016, a lecture was held to discuss the book of Palestinian historian Johnny Mansour titled “History of Haifa: A Reading of Family Documents and the General Archive”.‎
  • ‎A workshop on the topic of Palestinian Refugees was held on 12 April 2016 in cooperation with the Refugee Affairs Department.‎
  • ‎A study day titled “From Prohibited Movement to a Prohibited Conference: Palestinian-Palestinian Solidarity across the Green Line” was held on the 23rd of February 2016.‎

The UNESCO Chair on Human Rights and Democracy participated in a conference held by the “Islamic ‎Civilization and Common Humanity” Chair in Muhammad V University in Rabat. The UNESCO Chair spoke ‎about “Our Thought in the Current Century”. The conference included papers about fundamentalist and ‎modernist thought; most of which were presented by new professors from Moroccan universities and PHD ‎candidates in the last stage before the PHD Viva Voce (i.e. prior to their thesis defense). The conference was ‎also attended by a number of professors from Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon and Palestine, who also made ‎comments on the papers of PHD candidates.‎

International Conference titled “Recent Developments of International Water Law: Implications for the Palestinian Case”. The conference was held on Wednesday and Thursday, 24 and 25 October 2018.‎

Constitutional Conference 2017:  In cooperation with the Institute of Law of Paris X Nanterre University, ‎the UNESCO Chair on Human Rights and Democracy organized a Study Day in An-Najah National ‎University on Thursday, 16 February 2017. The title of the study day was “Palestinian Constitutional Law: ‎Reality and Perspectives”, and it was held in Zafer Al-Masri Auditorium in the old campus of the university. ‎The study day was attended by a number of prominent Palestinian and French experts in the field of ‎Constitutional Law, as well as a delegation from French and Palestinian universities who are specialized and ‎concerned with the discussed subject matters.‎

The study day was funded by the Dutch project in An-Najah National University with an amount of ‎‎8000‎ Euro.‎

The event was inaugurated by the UNESCO Chair Director who, on behalf of An-Najah National University, ‎welcomed the attendees from different organizations and universities. He also noted that this work came to ‎enhance the UNESCO Chair’s cooperation with French universities and stressed the importance of learning ‎from the long-standing experience of France in the field of Constitutional Law.‎

The  UNESCO  Chair  Director  also  mentioned  that,  despite  the  limited  experience  of  law  faculties  in ‎Palestinian universities, these faculties successfully achieved a significant development in the Palestinian ‎legal culture. Moreover, he emphasized the added value of this study day which brought together Palestinian ‎and French Constitutional Law experts to discuss vital themes and aspects in this field. The UNESCO Chair ‎Director also expressed his appreciation to the administration of An-Najah National University for their ‎ongoing support and facilitation of this study day.‎

The event was also financed by the French Institute of the Near East, Jerusalem, where the flight for the French professors were covered. An-Najah University covered the remaining costs such as food, transport, ‎accommodation and translations.‎

International Conference on The Right to Electricity in the West Bank, held in Spain on 29 November

‎2016. During this conference, there was a presentation and discussion of the reports that were prepared in ‎the framework of the project for promoting the right to electricity in the West Bank, in cooperation with ‎the Energy Research Center (ERC) of An-Najah National University.‎

As of 11 March 2019, work was underway to produce a documentary film about Ariel University, which is ‎considered an illegal university according to International Law since it is in the West Bank settlement of ‎Ariel. The leading party in this film’s production is the Palestinian Ministry of Education.‎

  • ‎Working alongside the Energy Research Center (ERC) of An-Najah National University in a project for ‎defending the right to electricity in Areas “C”. In the framework of this project, there was the preparation of ‎several reports about the right to electricity in the specified population centers, and some of these reports were ‎presented in a conference that was held in Barcelona last November.‎
  • ‎Two project proposals were submitted to the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development and we are ‎currently waiting for their response.‎
    • The first project is related to Environmental Education and Environmental Citizenship and it aims to create an ‎academic environmental education program in elementary and secondary schools in the Governorate of ‎Nablus. Through its school programs, the project seeks to raise the level of public awareness of the ‎environment and sustainable development issues.‎
    • The second project involves a conference for enhancing the physical and symbolic communication between ‎the Palestinians inside the Green Line and the Palestinians of the 1967 occupied territory. It is worth noting ‎that several important subjects will be discussed in this conference.‎
  • ‎Approval was received for a project titled “Enhancing Capacity building in reporting human rights violations,  ‎Istanbul  Protocol”,  which  was  submitted  by  the  UNESCO  Chair  on  Human  Rights  and Democracy.‎
  • ‎Approval was received for a project titled “Governing the Paracommons of Palestinian Water”, in ‎cooperation with the French National Centre for Scientific Research and the Water and Environmental Studies ‎Institute (WESI). The project aims to provide a better understanding of water governance in Palestine with a ‎special focus on four Palestinian areas (Nablus, Jalamah, Wadi al-Badan, and Hableh). Moreover, interviews ‎will be conducted with farmers to become familiarized with the problems that they face in terms of water and developmental projects.‎
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed and, through the UNESCO Chair, An-Najah National ‎University was acceded as a partner in a European Union program with Palermo University. This program ‎included an exchange with Palermo University with the participation of two students, one professor and one ‎administrative person from Palestine.‎
  • ‎The UNESCO Chair is currently working on two projects. The first project involves the modernization of ‎Palestinian administration and the development of serious personnel and the rule of law in cooperation with ‎the Institute of Law of Paris X Nanterre University. Meanwhile, the second project aims to enhance the ‎cooperation with Sciences Po University and Varenne University Institute in the field of Transitional Justice.‎
  • ‎Creation of a project about Transitional Justice and land ownership in Palestine in cooperation with Sciences ‎Po University, whereas the project will be submitted to the French Institute [of the Near East]. This project ‎came as an initiative of the UNESCO Chair, and consultations were made with the Coordinating Director ‎from the French Consulate.‎
  • ‎Work is underway in developing a project to enhance the Palestinian narrative for defending the Palestinian ‎people’s denied rights such as the right to self-determination, right of return, etc. This work was activated ‎after a meeting between the UNESCO Chair Director and Mr. Munib al-Masri, in coordination with the University President’s Office.‎
  • The UNESCO Chair on Human Rights and Democracy presented a lecture on Israel’s Nation-State ‎Law during a cultural and intellectual discussion of this racist law that was recently enacted by the ‎Israeli Knesset. This event was organized by Rusol Al-Mustaqbal Association in Shefa-‘Amr in the ‎evening of Wednesday, 21 November 2018 in the city of Shefa-‘Amr. The discussion was attended by ‎a number of prominent figures and personalities, representatives of organizations, and families. In his ‎lecture, the Director of the UNESCO Chair on Human Rights and Democracy discussed the Nation- ‎State Law from the perspective of the relationship between the constitutional law and international ‎law, whereas the aforementioned law contradicts the historical evolution that accommodated the ‎constitutional and international law.‎
  • ‎Honoring of the students who participated in the activities of the “International Conference on Water Law” held on 27 November 2018.‎
  • A number of trainings were held by the UNESCO Chair after preparing an analytical study ‎for reviewing the local legislations and their level of conformity with international environmental ‎accords, as well as working towards reflecting the recommendations and adopting them in the local ‎legislations. Also, a manual was created to discuss the ways of preparing a legal case against ‎environmental violations,  implementation  of  capacity  building  programs  in  this  field,  and  the  ‎organization  of meetings in selected population centers to raise awareness about the principles and ‎notions of international environmental protection and the ways of using environmental accords for ‎defending environmental rights.‎
    Four intensive training sessions were held in Ramallah, Bethlehem and Nablus, respectively, and work ‎is underway for preparing a manual which will be published in both Arabic and English.‎
  • Participation in the Conference on “Arab Water Under Occupation” organized by the League of Arab States from 26 to 28 October 2016.‎
  • Participation in the Environmental Conference held in November 2016 and the presentation of a ‎lecture titled “The Principle of Shared but Divergent Responsibility in the Case of Conflict”.‎
  • Participation in a conference titled “Water as a Humanitarian Right” held on 19 September 2016.‎
  • The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation between An-Najah National ‎University and the Ministry of Interior for the development of a training program based on the ‎standards of the Istanbul Protocol.‎

© 2020 An-Najah National University