Noura Erakat


Adjunct Assistant Professor - Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS)


School of Foreign Service (SFS)
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Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and activist. She is currently a Abraham L. Freedman Teaching Fellow at Temple University, Beasley School of Law and the U.S.-based Legal Advocacy Consultant for the Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights. She is a contributing editor for Jadaliyya, specifically its Occupation, Intervention, and Law Page. She has taught international human rights law in the Middle East at Georgetown University since Spring 2009. Noura is a Co-Editor of

Most recently she served as Legal Counsel for the Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the House of Representatives. Prior to her time on Capitol Hill, Noura received a New Voices Fellowship to work as the national grassroots organizer and legal advocate at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation where she helped seed BDS campaigns nationally as well as support the cases brought against two former Israeli officials in U.S. federal courts for alleged war crimes. Prior to attending law school, she helped launch the divestment campaign along with the Students for Justice in Palestine at UC Berkeley.

Noura holds law and undergraduate degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. She has helped to initiate and organize several national formations including AMWAJ-Arab Women Arising for Justice and the U.S. Palestinian Popular Conference. She currently serves on the board of the Trans-Arab Research Institute. Noura has appeared on Fox’s “The O’ Reilly Factor,” NBC’s “Politically Incorrect,” MSNBC, and Al-Jazeera Arabic and English. Her publications include: "Litigating the Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Politicization of U.S. Federal Courts" in the Berkeley Law Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Law and "Arabiya Made Invisible: Between the Marginalization of Agency and the Silencing of Dissent" in a Syracuse Press anthology. Noura spent the Spring 2010 academic semester in Beirut, Lebanon where she worked with human rights attorney, Nizar Saghieh, on a several issues including administrative detention of Iraqi refugees. Noura helped Saghieh establish the Legal Agenda, a NGO dedicated to studying law and society and advocate for legal reform in the Arab world. She is currently pursuing a LLM in National Security at Georgetown Law School.


  • LLM (2012) Georgetown University Law Center , National Security
  • J.D. (2005) Berkeley Law School , International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law
  • B.A. (2002 ) U.C. Berkeley , International development


  • Arabic (speak)