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Title: Meeting human rights obligations in a situation of conflict : the right to higher education in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
Author: Royal-Dawson, Lucy
ISNI:       0000 0004 6060 034X
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2016
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The study examines the realisation of the right to higher education in the occupied Palestinian territories. It develops an analytical framework for the protections afforded to higher education by the international human rights conventions and applies it to the context. Despite being under Israeli occupation since 1967, higher education in the occupied territories has developed into a sophisticated sector and is entirely administered by Palestinian authorities. However, it is hampered by the impact of the occupation regime. As occupier, Israel is understood to hold obligations for the humanitarian protection of the Palestinian population of the occupied territories, and both Israel and the Palestinian National Authority are understood to be accountable for the human rights of the Palestinian population, thereby instituting two duty-bearers. The study assesses the ways in which higher education is obstructed in the occupied Palestinian territories. It indicates a flourishing sector which is accorded a deep social value. It confirms many of the reported obstacles to the realisation of the right resulting from the Israeli occupation, but it also records obstacles arising from the policies and practice of Palestinian higher education institutions and the social and cultural context. Attempting to attribute obligations for the right to one or both of the duty-bearers indicates the contingency between the actions of the occupier and the efforts of the Palestinian authorities to realise the right. While some breaches are clearly attributable to one side or the other, others are not. Actions to mitigate the effects of the occupation give rise to additional, separate breaches, as do interactions between the occupation regime and cultural practice. The obstacles reported in the study give substance to higher education formulated as a human right. The study adds to the understanding of breaches of economic, social and cultural rights in a situation of military occupation.
Supervisor: Lundy, Laura ; Emerson, Lesley Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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