Raja Shehadeh

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Raja Shehadeh, London xi 2005

Raja Shehadeh (b. 1951) is a Palestinian human rights lawyer, activist and writer who lives in Ramallah, in the Palestinian occupied territories. He graduated in 1973 with a degree in English literature and philosophy from the American University of Beirut; studied law in London and was called to the English Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1976. Mr. Shehadeh has practiced law in Ramallah since 1978. In 1979, he co-founded the pioneering human rights organisation Al-Haq, the Palestinian affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists which he co-directed until 1991. In the course of his legal practice, he handled and participated in a number of precedent-setting cases including the recent request to the International Court of Justice at The Hague regarding the Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.


Mr. Shehadeh also wrote several books on the legal aspects of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian Territories including:

  • Occupiers Law, (Institute of Palestine Studies, 1985 revised 1988)
  • From Occupation to Interim Accords (Kluwer, 1997).


  • Strangers in the House (Penguin 2002)
  • When the Bulbul Stopped Singing (Profile 2004). This novel was adapted to the theatre and performed in Edinburgh, Tehran and New York." [2]
  • Strangers in the House, Penguin, 2007.[3]



  1. Trustees (Old Version), Center for Palestine Research and Studies, accessed October 26, 2007.
  2. Al-Haq Media Packet, "From Theory to Practice: Upholding International Humanitarian Law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories", 21- 24 November 2005, Grand Park Hotel, Ramallah.
  3. Strangers in the House, Penguin Group, accessed July 14, 2007.