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Usama Halabi
Daliyat Al-Karmel, Haifa, Palestine
(1959-    )
Usama Halabi - Born in Daliyat Al-Karmel 1959; studied Law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem 1982, LLM in 1987; member of the Israeli Bar Association 1987.
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Usama Halabi

Born in Daliyat Al-Karmel in 1959; studied Law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, graduating with an LLB in 1982 and an LLM in 1987; became a member of the Israeli Bar Association in 1987; worked as a senior lawyer at the Quaker Legal Aid and Information Center in East Jerusalem (QLAC); continued his studies and earned an LLM in International Legal Studies from the Washington College of Law at the American University in Washington DC in 1991;

Returned to Jerusalem and worked in a private practice from Sept. 1996; handles human and civil rights related cases, incl., inter alia, restrictions on movement and travel, residency rights in East Jerusalem, land confiscation and town planning in the West Bank and Jerusalem; has been defending minors in Israeli Juvenile Courts since 1998;

Founding member of the Arab Cultural Association in Nazareth in 1998 and Board member until 2001; founding member of Mada Al-Carmel, Arab Center for Applied Social Research in Haifa in 2000; serves as a legal advisor for various non-profit organization; acted as legal expert for the UNDP from April-Aug. 2003; has published several studies on legal issues, among them, more recently, The Legal Status of Jerusalem and Its Arab Inhabitants (Institute for Palestine Studies, Beirut, 1997, Arabic), as well as The Jerusalem Arab Municipality, by PASSIA, in December 1993), Revoking Permanent Residency: a Legal Review of Israeli Policy (Jerusalem Quarterly File, summer 2000), and Israel's Land Laws as a Political Tool -Confiscating and Appropriating Palestinian Arab Lands and Creating Physical and Legal Barriers in order to Prevent Future Property Restitution (Working Paper, Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights, Bethlehem, Dec. 2004).

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