The Nakba Files is pleased to welcome our new contributing editor, Emilio Dabed.

Dabed Columbia photoEmilio Dabed was born in Chile to a Palestinian family from Beit Jala. He is a lawyer specializing in constitutional matters, and he is currently the Palestine and Law Fellow at the Center for Palestine Studies 2015-2016 and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at Columbia University Law School. Previously, Emilio was the director (2014-2015) of the International Law and Human Rights Program at Al-Quds/Bard College, Jerusalem, where he had been teaching between 2011 and 2015.

Dabed holds a Ph.D. in Political Sciences from Institut de Sciences Politiques d’Aix en Provence, and IREMAM-CNRS (Institut de Recherche et d’Etudes sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman-Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, Aix-en-Provence, France) on the constitutional process in Palestine. His latest research looks at the relations between legal processes and discursive practices, on the one hand, and political and social changes, subjectivity, and identity formation on the other. His work aims to shed light on the role that juridical phenomena play in sociological and anthropological questions and, more specifically, on the disciplinary powers of law and the discourse of (human) rights in contemporary Palestine.

Dabed has written for the Nakba Files on legal developments in the Palestinian Authority.