Deena R. Hurwitz

Associate Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and the director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic, her interests include the rights of women; economic, social and cultural rights; and the rights of indigenous peoples. From 2000-2003, Deena was a teaching fellow with the Lowenstein International Human Rights Law Clinic at Yale Law School. She has worked as a legal counselor with the Washington Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees; with the Center for International Human Rights Enforcement in Ramallah, Palestine, and with the OSCE and Global Rights in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Before attending law school at Northeastern University, she worked more than a decade at the California-based Resource Center for Nonviolence, where she was involved in capacity building and training with NGOs in the United States and the Middle East. Professor Hurwitz co-edited International Human Rights Advocacy Law Stories (Foundation Press, 2009). She contributed a chapter on “Universal Jurisdiction and the Dilemmas of International Criminal Justice: The Sabra and Shatila Case in Belgium,” after she and a team of Yale students worked closely with Chibli Mallat and his legal team on the case. She is the editor of Walking the Red Line, Israelis in Search of Justice for Palestine (New Society Press, 1992), a collection of essays by Israeli activists.

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