Trying to Piece Together the Story About Last Month’s “Litigating Palestine” Conference at UC Hastings Law School

The corrupt Twitterloin‘s historic and highly-ranked UC Hastings School of Law had a 1.5 day conference in March 2011 called Litigating Palestine: Can Courts Secure Palestinian Rights? It caused a lot of controversy, not exactly sure why.

Anyway, Bob Egelko is taking a stab at this topic today.

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There are two docs after the jump – one’s from Hastings and one’s from the ADL.

So have at it if you are interested in this topic


“Litigating Palestine: Can Courts Secure Palestinian Rights?

Start: 3/25/2011 to 3/26/2011
Location: 200 McAllister, Alumni Reception Center

The objective of this one-and-a-half day conference is to critically evaluate the strategies, limitations, successes and failures of efforts to address Palestinian rights in a variety of different court systems in the United States and abroad. This topic is one of both practical and academic significance. As a practical matter, those considering avenues for advancing Palestinian rights need to make strategic judgments about where to invest resources, and whether, in particular, law suits make sense as a tool for justice or not. Examining litigation in support of Palestinian rights in a variety of different legal environments should also yield insight on the conditions under which courts can serve the struggles of politically disempowered groups to achieve justice, and thus contribute to broader theoretical discussions as well. The conference will bring together leading academics and practitioners of diverse backgrounds and experiences, and will be the first of its kind to be held in the United States.

Panelists’ Bios


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A decision by the College to host or financially support an academic conference does not constitute endorsement of any viewpoints expressed at a conference, or the academic goals of the conference. UC Hastings has removed its name and brand from this conference; it has offered this video stream as an accompaniment to the public forum it committed to providing and to honor its previous agreement with conference participants who indicated they would attend via this virtual means.”


“ADL Commends Hastings Board for Resolution, but Expresses Deep Disappointment That No Steps Taken to Remove Hastings Name and Brand From Problematic Conference

SAN FRANCISCO, March 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — ADL commended the UC Hastings College of Law Board of Directors for adopting a resolution that “the College should take all steps necessary to remove the Hastings name and brand from the ‘Litigating Palestine’ conference,” but expressed “deep disappointment” that the Board’s decision had not been implemented.

The conference, composed of a veritable who’s who of the anti-Israel movement, was designed to delegitimize and unjustly cast Israel as a pariah state under the guise of academic freedom.

In a statement issued Friday afternoon, Anti-Defamation League Regional Director Dan Sandman said:

“While we were encouraged by the Hastings Board resolution, we are now deeply disappointed that UC Hastings’ actions have not matched their words.  The conference remains prominently displayed on the front of the College’s website and it appears that it is preparing to provide online streaming of the conference. To add insult to injury, it also appears that Hastings is offering continuing legal education credit for a program which utterly lacks academic integrity.

“This conference is especially troubling coming at a time when there is a coordinated global campaign to isolate Israel politically, economically and culturally through boycotts and the perversion of international legal principles. We expect that no institution seriously committed to pursuing the highest ideals of justice would associate itself with a conference of this nature and provide cover for the promotion of a base political meeting disguised as legitimate academic discourse.”

ADL also welcomed the announcement that the Cummings Foundation, which was one of the major funders of the conference, made the decision this week to remove its financial support of the conference. Added Sandman, “We applaud the Cummings Foundation decision for its strength and moral clarity.”

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti- Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

SOURCE  Anti-Defamation League

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CONTACT: Daniel S. Sandman”

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