Dr Hedi Viterbo
Lecturer in Law
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTelephone: 02078826831Room Number: Mile End
Dr Hedi Viterbo is Lecturer 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).
- 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). Included in the American Library Association’s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2018.
- ‘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.
- '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
- '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).