Join Dr. Yael Berda and her guests as they explore questions of equality of rights, sovereignty and freedom of movement, and security in Israel and Palestine.

Limor Yehuda, Legal scholar, Director, Transitional Justice Program, Tel Aviv University Law faculty  – on collective equality

Ameer Fakhoury, Lawyer & PhD Cadidate, Haifa University head of the School for Peace Research Center at Wahat al-Salam-Neve Shalom – on Co nationalism

Omar Rahman, Visiting Scholar, Brookings Institute – On a “State Plus” framework

Limor Yehouda holds a PhD in Law from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is currently the academic director, Transitional Justice program at the Minerva Center for Human Rights at Tel-Aviv University law school and an adjunct lecturer of Transitional Justice at Tel-Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2019-2020 Limor was a post-doctoral fellow at the Transitional Justice program at the Minerva Center for Human Rights in Tel-Aviv University.

Ameer Fakhoury Adv. is a lawyer, researcher and theorist specializing in ethnic and national groups, and inter-group conflicts with a special interest in the field of shared society. Ameer is currently in the final stage of his doctorate in the Sociology Department at Haifa University, focusing on the case of social boundary making among Arab Christians in Israel.

Omar Rahman is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center, where he is writing a book on Palestinian fragmentation in the post-Oslo era. Rahman is a writer, analyst, and multimedia journalist specializing in Middle East politics and American foreign policy. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Lawfare, PBS NewsHour, VICE, Quartz, The National, Al Jazeera English, and World Politics Review, among others.

Yael Berda is an Assistant Professor of Sociology & Anthropology at Hebrew University and a Visiting Scholar with the Middle East Initiative and the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Previously, Berda was the Gerard Weinstock Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University and during that time she taught an undergraduate lecture course on Law and Society; an undergraduate junior tutorial on Race and Bureaucracy; and a graduate seminar on Transnational Historical Sociology. She was also an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International & Regional Studies, WCFIA from 2014-2017.

Berda publishes, teaches, and speaks on the intersections of sociology of law, bureaucracy and the state, race and racism and sociology of empires. Her most recent book is Living Emergency: Israel's Permit Regime in the West Bank (Stanford University Press, 2017 ). She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled: "The File and the Checkpoint: the Administrative Memory of the British Empire". Her other research projects are about the construction of loyalty of civil servants in Israel and India, the use of emergency laws to shape political economy of colonial states, and colonial legacies of law and administration that shape contemporary homeland security practices in postcolonial states. She was a practicing Human Rights lawyer, representing in military, district, and Supreme courts in Israel. Berda received her PhD from Princeton University; MA from Tel Aviv University and LLB from Hebrew University faculty of Law.