Palestine Works hosted the Young Palestinian Lawyers Fellowship (YPLF), centered on the theme of legal and political considerations in rebuilding the Palestinian National Movement, on 1-5 August, 2016 at Birzeit University in Birzeit, West Bank, Palestine. The Conference, and Fellowship as a whole, was supported by German Cooperation in partnership with Deutsche Gessellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
As the inaugural event of the Fellowship, the Conference empowered the next generation of local, diaspora, and international leadership devoted to the question of Palestine to lay the groundwork for breakthroughs and change in the current discourse on Palestine.
Our young professionals learned to demonstrate competence and effective, in-depth engagement in their advocacy through an immersive space for career advancement, skills training, networking, and engagement: equipping young Palestinian professionals and their global colleagues with a foundation to make meaningful contributions to the advancement of international law, human rights, and Palestinian self-determination.
Attendees participated in any or all three Conference Programs, catered to advancing their careers and developing projects that exemplify the principles of service, innovation, efficacy, and Palestinian agency. These programs are the Speaker Series, Writing Workshop, and the Moot Court.
The YPLF Fellowship continues with the YPLF Conference Journal and the YPLF Legal Advocacy Projects. The Journal memorializes the participants' successful completion of the Conference, and through publication of their work, encourages them to pursue future scholarship. The writing competition thus provided participants with an excellent opportunity to add published scholarship to their resumes and to work with prominent and legal academics.
Within the YPLF legal advocacy projects, many of our Conference participants (both Palestinian and international) have committed to ongoing participation in various civil society organization (CSO) legal advocacy projects, which will introduce a hands-on, practice oriented element to the YPLF experience, which could not be reproduced in any conference setting.
Please come back early 2017 for information about next year's YPLF.