The annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture, co-hosted by AFOPA and the University of Adelaide, has brought a range of distinguished speakers to Australian audiences since its inauguration in 2005.


2016 Edward Said Memorial Lecture
- Professor John Dugard

Professor Dugard is a South African international lawyer, renowned for his work as Special Rapporteur to the UN Commission on Human Rights on violations of international humanitarian law and human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, from 2001-2008. Also for the United Nations, he was a member of the International Law Commission between 1997 and 2011.

He has an eminent career in the discipline, holding a range of academic positions over 45 years at the universities of Witwatersrand in South Africa, Cambridge in the UK, Leiden in Amsterdam, Duke, California, Berkeley and Pennsylvania in the USA, and was a visiting professor of law at the University of New South Wales in 1991. He was Judge ad hoc on various cases of the International Court of Justice between 2002 and 2016.

 Professor Dugard was appointed Chairperson of the UN Human Rights Inquiry Commission on the situation of human rights in Palestine following the intifada in 2000. In 2001, he was appointed as Special Rapporteur to the Commission and submitted annual reports and recommendations to the UN concerning the situation of international human rights and humanitarian law. In its first special session in July 2006, the nascent Human Rights Council decided to dispatch an urgent fact-finding mission headed by Professor Dugard to report on the situation there. On 26 September 2006, he reported that the "standards of human rights in the Palestinian territories have fallen to intolerable new levels".

Professor Dugard has written several books on apartheid, human rights and international law, and has co-authored textbooks on criminal law and procedure and international law. He writes and speaks regularly on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Professor Dugard spoke on the topic, 'Palestine: Is Israel above the Law?'

Watch the 2016 Edward Said Memorial Lecture here, or via the AFOPA YouTube channel.

Lecture held at the University of Adelaide, 15 October 2016

2015 Edward Said Memorial Lecture
- Dr Salam Fayyad

  • Inaugural Prime Minister of the State of Palestine (2007-2013)
  • International Monetary Fund Representative to Palestine (1996-2001)
  • Top 100 Most Influential People (Time Magazine, 2010)
  • Top 100 Global Thinkers (Foreign Policy Magazine, 2010-2011)

Lecture held at the University of Adelaide, 5 September 2015.

2014 Edward Said Memorial Lecture
- John Pilger

Award-winning journalist, writer and documentary film-maker. Recipient of BAFTA, Emmy and Peabody awards.

John Pilger made the documentary Palestine is still the issue in 1977.  It told how almost a million Palestinians had been forced off their land in 1948, and again in 1967.  Twenty-five years later John Pilger returned to Palestine and to Israel to ask why the Palestinians, whose right of return had been affirmed by the United Nations more than half a century ago, are still refugees in their own land, controlled by Israel in the longest military occupation in modern times.

Lecture held at the University of South Australia, 11 September 2014.

2013 Edward Said Memorial Lecture
- Dr Mustafa Barghouti

Mustafa Barghouthi is an award-winning peace activist, Middle East commentator and a member of the Palestinian parliament. A physician by training, Dr Barghouthi has been instrumental in establishing a vibrant civil society in the Occupied Palestinian Territories especially in the area of public health. He, together with Edward Said and others have co-founded Al Mubadara (the Palestinian National Initiative) movement that provides a reformist, inclusive, democratic alternative to the two main political groups in Palestine. Dr Baghouthi is a regular guest on international TV stations such as the BBC, CNN and ABC and has contributed many articles and insights on the Palestinian issue, over the years. He is an eloquent, engaging and highly knowledgeable speaker.

Lecture held at the University of Adelaide, 2 November 2013.

2012 Edward Said Memorial Lecture
- Professor Ilan Pappe

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Lecture held at the Norwood Concert Hall, 22 September 2012.

2011 Edward Said Memorial Lecture
- Professor Noam Chomsky

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Lecture held at the University of Adelaide, 5 November 2011.

2010 Edward Said Memorial Lecture
- Dr Tariq Ali

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Lecture held at the University of Adelaide, 9 October 2010.

2009 Edward Said Memorial Lecture
- Professor Saree Makdisi

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Lecture held at the University of Adelaide, 19 September 2009.

2008 Edward Said Memorial Lecture
- Dr Sara Roy

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Lecture held at the University of Adelaide, 11 October 2008.

2007 Edward Said Memorial Lecture
- Dr Ghada Karmi

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Lecture held at the University of Adelaide, 6 October 2007.

2006 Edward Said Memorial Lecture
- Professor Tanya Reinhart

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Lecture held at the University of Adelaide, 7 October 2006.

2005 Edward Said Memorial Lecture
- Dr Robert Fisk

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Lecture held at the University of Adelaide, 1 October 2005.