Dr Hedi Viterbo
Senior Lecturer in Law
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTelephone: +44 (0)20 7882 6831Room Number: Mile End
Dr Hedi Viterbo is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Law at Queen Mary University of London. Previously, he was Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at SOAS, University of London, a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, and a visiting researcher at Columbia University. He received his PhD in Law from LSE, his LLM (summa cum laude) from Tel Aviv University, and is also a graduate of the latter’s 4-year Interdisciplinary Programme for Outstanding Students.
His research examines legal issues concerning childhood, state violence, and sexuality from an interdisciplinary and global perspective.
- Problematizing Law, Rights, and Childhood in Israel/Palestine (Cambridge University Press, 2021) [356 pages]. The Introduction is freely available to read here. The following events, dedicated to the book, have been recorded and are available to watch online: a launch at Queen Mary, a talk at the University of Chicago's Centre for Human Rights, a launch at the University of Essex, a launch hosted by the Critical Childhood and Youth Studies Collective (CCYSC), an interview with CCYSC, a launch at Tel Aviv University, and a launch at the University of Haifa.
- The ABC of the OPT: A Legal Lexicon of the Israeli Control over the Palestinian Territory (Cambridge University Press, 2018) [572 pages] (with Orna Ben-Naftali and Michael Sfard).
Recipient of the American Society of International Law’s 2019 Certificate of Merit in a Specialised Area of International Law (honourable mention) and the 2018 Outstanding Academic Title CHOICE Award of the American Library Association. The Introduction and two other chapters are all freely available to read here.
- ‘Rights as a Divide-and-Rule Mechanism: Lessons from the Case of Palestinians in Israeli Custody’ (2018) 43 Law & Social Inquiry 764-795.
- ‘Ties of Separation: Analogy and Generational Segregation in North America, Australia, and Israel/Palestine’ (2017) 42 Brooklyn Journal of International Law 686-749.
- ‘Seeing Torture Anew: A Transnational Reconceptualization of State Torture and Visual Evidence’ (2014) 50 Stanford Journal of International Law 281-317.
- ‘The Crisis of Heterosexuality: The Construction of Sexual Identities in Defamation Law’ (2010) 53 Tel Aviv University Law Review 5-50 [peer-reviewed; Hebrew].
- ‘Guarantees of Collectivity: Education Law and the Erasure of Ethnic Minority History’ (2005) 7 Tel Aviv University Interdisciplinary Journal 44-47 [Hebrew].
- ‘From the Abyss of Oblivion to the Depths of the Feminine: A Poetic-Political Perspective on Gender and Sexuality’ (2004) 6 Tel Aviv University Interdisciplinary Journal 2-6 [Hebrew].
Chapters in edited collections
- 'The Pitfalls of Separating Youth in Prison: A Critique of Age-Segregated Incarceration' (2021) in Alexandra Cox and Laura S. Abrams (eds.), The Palgrave International Handbook of Youth Imprisonment (Palgrave Macmillan)
- ‘Torture’s In/visibility’ (2019) in Lon Olson and Stuart Molloy (eds.), Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Torture (Brill) 23–43.
- ‘Defamation Law’ (2016) in Alon Harel et al. (eds.), LGBTQ Rights in Israel: Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation and the Law (Nevo Press) 653-678 [Hebrew].
- ‘The Age of Conflict: Rethinking Childhood, Law, and Age through the Israeli-Palestinian Case’ (2012) in Michael Freeman (ed.), Current Legal Issues Vol. 14: Law and Childhood Studies (Oxford University Press) 133-155.
Dr Viterbo welcomes proposals for postgraduate supervision in the areas of human rights, child law, armed conflict, sexuality, critical legal theory, and socio-legal studies.
- 'Israel Weaponizes International Child Rights Against Palestinians' (2021) Local Call (Hebrew).
- 'Palestinian Men’s Lives Matter: The Problem with Singling Out Children and Women' (2021) Jadaliyya.
- ‘Homophobia Disguised as Children’s Rights in Russia’s Constitutional Referendum’ (2020) Verfassungsblog (with Yulia Ioffe).
- 'Seeing State Secrets: The Significance of Abu Zubaydah’s Self-Portraits of Torture' (2020) Jadaliyya (with Lisa Hajjar).
- ‘Critiquing in the Light of the ABC of the OPT’ (2019) Verfassungsblog (with Orna Ben-Naftali and Michael Sfard).
- ‘Interview on the ABC of the OPT’ (2018) Jadaliyya (with Orna Ben-Naftali and Michael Sfard).
- ‘How the United States and Israel Praise Each Other as National Security Exemplars to Validate Their Own Actions’ (2018) Jadaliyya.
- ‘A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Imprison: Confining Palestinian Political Thought’ (2018) Jadaliyya.
- ‘Defamation in the Good Gay Era’ (2015) Haokets (Hebrew).
- ‘Defamation and Real Gays’ (2011) Haokets (Hebrew).
Talks and conference papers
- 'Just for Kids? How the Youth Decarceration Discourse Legitimises Adult Incarceration': University of Cambridge, Institute of Criminology (2021).
- Panel discussion: 'Putting "Children First"? Tentative Explorations of Alternative Imaginaries' (June 2021, co-sponsored by Queen Mary's Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Centre for Childhood Cultures)
- 'Child Rights in the Service of State Violence: Lessons from Israel/Palestine': University of Manchester – Institute of Education; University College Dublin – Centre for Human Rights ('Critical Exploration of Human Rights' conference); Annual Conference of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (all in 2021)
- 'Putting "Children First"?: Tentative Explorations of Alternative Imaginaries' – panellist: 'Rethinking Childhood Studies Today' seminar series, Queen Mary University of London (2021)
- ‘Disempowering Children by “Rectifying Childhood’s Boundaries”’: Contemporary Childhood Conference, University of Strathclyde (2018).
- ‘Stolen Childhood’: King’s College London (2018).
- ‘Analogy, Resistance, and Generational Segregation’: Columbia University – Center for the Study of Law and Culture; York University – Osgoode Hall Law School; Queen’s University – Faculty of Law (2016).
- ‘Adult-Child separation: Transnational Links, Parallels, and Continuities’. University of Melbourne – Legal Theory Workshop; University of Sydney – Law & Society Research Network; University of New South Wales – Indigenous Law Centre; Monash Faculty of Law – Staff Seminar; Swinburne Institute for Social Research Seminar Series (all in 2015); SOAS Centre for Gender Studies Seminar Series (2014).
- ‘Witnessing the Representational Economy of Torture’. Law & Society Northeast Conference, Amherst, US. The paper was selected to be the focus of a session, with three designated discussants (2013).
- ‘The Occupation of Children’s Rights’. Harvard Law School – Visiting Scholars Colloquium; Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights; Columbia University – Center for Palestine Studies (2012).
- ‘The Age of Conflict: Socio-Legal Constructions of Childhood and Time in the Occupied Palestinian Territories’. 15th interdisciplinary colloquium of the UCL Law Faculty (2010).