AFOPA's premier event each year is the Edward Said Memorial Lecture, an annual public lecture to honour the memory of the path-breaking Palestinian scholar, courageous advocate, passionate critic and an unfailing humanist - the late Edward Said.


speaker: ProfESSOR John Dugard

Prominent South African international human rights lawyer

Topic: "Palestine: Is Israel above the law?"


Date/time: Saturday, 15 October 2016, 5:00pm

Venue: Elder Hall, University of Adelaide, South Australia

Tickets: $20 per person / $15 AFOPA members

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This is the 12th in this important annual series of Adelaide lectures inspired by the work of the late Palestinian public intellectual and post-colonial theorist, Professor Edward Said.

Professor John Dugard.

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.


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


The Edward Said Memorial Lecture is jointly presented by the Australian Friends of Palestine Association and the School of Social Sciences at the University of Adelaide.


Edward W. Said (1935-2003)

Edward W. Said (1935-2003)

Edward Wadie Said (1935-2003) was a Palestinian-American literary theorist and one of the most articulate and visible advocates of the Palestinian cause. He taught English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Before his death in 2003, Professor Said was seen as one of the leading literary critics of the 20th century, and described by many as an 'intellectual superstar' in the United States.

The annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture was inaugurated in 2005 and is held in partnership with the University of Adelaide.