The complicity of child rights in state violence: lessons from the Israeli-Palestinian case?
Dr Hedi Viterbo
Queen Mary University of London
Using Israel/Palestine as a test case, Hedi Viterbo will argue in this talk that the children's rights discourse has become increasingly complicit in state violence. He will bring to light Israel's growing use of international children's rights law as a means of entrenching, perfecting, and laundering its oppressive control regime. In particular, this talk will focus on how both Israel and the liberal human rights community invoke children's rights in ways that legitimise harshness and apathy towards Palestinian adults.
Dr Hedi Viterbo is a lecturer in law at Queen Mary University of London. Previously, he was a lecturer in law at the University of Essex, a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at SOAS, a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, and a visiting researcher at Columbia University. His research examines legal issues concerning childhood, state violence, and sexuality from an interdisciplinary and global perspective. Amongst his publications is the co-authored The ABC of the OPT: A Legal Lexicon of the Israeli Control over the Palestinian Territory (Cambridge University Press, 2018). His second book – Problematizing Law, Rights, and Childhood in Israel/Palestine – will be published by Cambridge University Press later this year.
For further information, please contact Professor Ravinder Barn, Head of the Children and Families Research Cluster, Department of Law and Criminology.