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Professor Neve Gordon


Marie Curie Fellow and Professor of International Law

Room Number: Mile End


Professor Neve Gordon’s research focuses on international law, human rights, the ethics of violence, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and political theory. His first book, Israel’s Occupation, was published in 2008 by the University of California Press, while his second book, The Human Right to Dominate (written with Nicola Perugini) was published in 2015 by Oxford University Press. Gordon has edited two volumes, one on torture in Israel (with Ruchama Marton) and the other on marginalized perspectives on human rights. He has published over 30 articles in academic journals and is currently working on a new book project dealing with the history and politics of human shields. Gordon has been a member at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, Brown University, the University of Michigan, and SOAS.


Professor Gordon’s current research focuses on the history and politics of human shielding. He is examining in the role of international law in producing an ethics of violence and how the production of new legal subjects such as human shields, unlawful combatants, and enemies killed in action facilitate the construction of an ethics that is conducive to specific actors. He is also interested in the politics of human rights, how human rights are interpreted and appropriated in different contexts and towards what ends.

Work in progress

Professor Gordon is in the process of writing a book on the history of human shielding. Simultaneously, he is working on an article about international law and virtual war games, and another article on the bombing of hospitals during conflicts in the Middle East.

Examples of research funding:

Professor Gordon is currently a Marie Curie Fellow.


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