Valentina Azarova

Al-Shabaka Policy Member Valentina Azarova is a post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Global Public Law, Koç University Law School, Istanbul, Turkey. She is also a legal adviser with the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN). Valentina received her PhD from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway. She was a co-founding member of the Al-Quds Bard College, Al-Quds University, where she taught and directed the human rights program for five years, and at Birzeit University’s Graduate Studies School. She has worked with HaMoked – Center for the Defence of the Individual; Al-Haq; and the MATTIN Group. Her research looks at the role of third states in the enforcement of international law and the contribution made by domestic regulatory processes to transnational law, with a focus on situations of armed conflict and occupation as well as other serious human rights violations. Her publications and reports can be accessed here.


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Palestine’s Day in Court? The Unexpected Effects of ICC Action

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gives a speech

Palestine’s membership of the International Criminal Court takes effect on April 1, 2015. What cases might the Court choose? Will Israel’s legal offensive succeed? Will the UN Security Council suspend the investigation? Al-Shabaka analyst Valentina Azarova addresses many of the misconceptions about what the ICC can and cannot do, and Palestinians should do. Read the policy brief or the executive summary.

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Activating Palestine’s UNESCO Membership

Photo of Nativity Church

Palestinian leaders have not activated Palestine’s UNESCO membership despite the costly battle to join and even though it could help rebalance the skewed Israeli-Palestinian power dynamic. Al-Shabaka Guest Author Valentina Azarov and Policy Member Nidal Sliman review the assaults on Palestinian cultural heritage and set out the significant practical advantages of UNESCO membership, including reasserting sovereignty over Palestinian land and sea and obliging third states to hold Israel accountable.

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