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The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food: The food crisis and starvation in Gaza

10 April 2024
1.00pm – 2.00pm AEST
Online event
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Michael Fakhri

More than 1 million Palestinians face "catastrophic" levels of hunger, and one in three children below the age of two are "acutely malnourished" (IFSC report, March 2024). UN Secretary General António Guterres warns that “Palestinians in Gaza are enduring horrifying levels of hunger and suffering”. 

Join the Australian Human Rights Institute at UNSW Sydney for a conversation with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Professor Michael Fakhri, on the man-made humanitarian disaster in Gaza, its root causes, implications, and the collective obligations of the international community towards Palestinians in Gaza. Professor Fakhri will be joined in conversation by Dr Noam Peleg, Senior Lecturer and Director – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Faculty of Law and Justice and an Associate of the Australian Human Rights Institute.

Michael Fakhri

Michael Fakhri

UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

Professor Michael Fakhri is a professor at the University of Oregon School of Law where he teaches courses on human rights, food law, development, and commercial law. He is also the director of the Food Resiliency Project in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center. He was appointed Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food by the Human Rights Council in March 2020 and assumed his functions on 1 May 2020.

Noam Peleg

Noam Peleg

Noam Peleg is a Senior Lecturer and Director – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Faculty of Law and Justice. Noam's work in international children’s rights law, human rights law, childhood studies, and family law. His latest research has focused on questions of identity, development, paternalism and childhood. His book ‘The Child’s Right to Development’ was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. Together with the Diplomacy Training Programme (DTP) and Youth Law Australia Noam has established the “Monitoring Children’s Rights Capacity Building Programme’ and he is a board member of the DTP Since 2023. Noam has been on the editorial board of the International Journal of Children’s Rights since 2013 and is the Journal’s Book Review Editor since 2018. In 2020 he was Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School (NYC). Before moving to academia, Noam practiced law in several human rights NGOs.