Our symposium panelists
Suha Jarrar is a Palestinian human rights researcher and advocate, and currently the Environmental and Gender Policy Researcher at Al-Haq human rights organization in Ramallah, Palestine. Suha obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental and gender studies from Trent University in Canada, and her Master of Science in Climate Change Science and Policy from the University of Sussex. Suha’s M.Sc. research focused on climate change adaptation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Jonathan Kuttab is a human rights lawyer in Israel and Palestine. Jonathan received his Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) at Virginia Law School. In 1979, he co-founded co-founded Al-Haq, the first human right international law organization in Palestine, and later the Mandela Institute for Political Prisoners. Jonathan also is co-founder of the Palestinian Center for Study of Non-Violence, now Non-Violence International. Jonathan was a member of the legal team that negotiated the Cairo Agreement in 1994 in regard to the Gaza Strip and Jericho, for the Oslo II Accord.
Dimitri Lascaris is a Canadian lawyer, journalist and activist. In 2012, Dimitri was named by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of Canada’s 25 most influential lawyers. He is a correspondent and board member of The Real News Network and a board member of Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East. Dimitri ran for the Green Party of Canada in Canada’s 2015 Federal elections, in the riding of London West. Subsequently, he served as justice critic on the GPC’s shadow cabinet.
Michael Lynk is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Western Ontario. He has written widely on Canadian human rights and labour law. In 2016, Professor Lynk was appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council to become the 7th Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory. In this capacity, he issues two reports annually on human rights in the OPT.
David Matas is an international human rights, refugee and immigration lawyer in private practice in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and an adjunct professor in immigration and refugee law in the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law. He was appointed as a member of the Canadian delegation to the United Nations Conference on the Establishment of the International Criminal Court. Matas is Senior Honorary Counsel for B’Nai Brith Canada.
Virginia Tilley is Professor of Political Science at Southern Illinois University. She co-authored Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid, together with Richard Falk (UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, 2017). From 2006 to 2011, Tilley served as Chief Research Specialist in the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa. She is the author of The One-State Solution (University of Michigan Press) and editor of Beyond Occupation: Apartheid, Colonialism and International Law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (Pluto Press, 2012)