Shahrazad Odeh

Shahrazad Odeh is a human rights defender and researcher. She currently works with the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel as a freelance attorney and lecturer. Whilst working there, she has introduced a gender sensitive approach to the documentation of torture, which is now used throughout the organisation’s work. Shahrazad also provides legal consultation for families with disabled children; and holds a research position at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Here, she obtained her LLM in Public International Law and Gender Studies in 2015. Shahrazad’s research focuses on the legal rights of children and the status of Palestinian women; topics that she has been working on with a number of institutions, such as MAKAN, the Palestinian Rights Studies Centre, in London, UK. Shahrazad has testified in front of the Israeli parliament and the European Union on human rights violations during the 2014 military operations, and violations of due process and the excessive use of force by the Israeli military and police in the arrest and detention of Palestinian youth. In addition, Shahrazad is legal advisor and spokeswomen for Taita Leila, an organisation that aims to empower Palestinian women.