Philip Leech, New Gordon F. Henderson Post-Doctoral Fellow 2016-2017

The HRREC is pleased to welcome Philip Leech, new Gordon F. Henderson Post-Doctoral Fellow 2016-2017.

Philip Leech, Ph.D., has taught at both a graduate and undergraduate level at Liverpool, Plymouth and Exeter universities. His recent consultancy work has included: two research reports on the Palestinian Economy for Christian Aid; a project on corruption in the Middle East for Transparency International; and designing a course on Conflict Management for the Royal Military College of Canada.

He is the author of The State of Palestine: a critical analysis (Routledge, 2016) and the co-editor of Political Identities and Popular Uprisings in the Middle East (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2016).

His postdoctoral project, Protracted Denial: International Human Rights norms and the paradox of the ‘State of Palestine’, explores the relationship between Palestine’s attempted accession to statehood and the application of International Human Rights norms in the occupied Palestinian territories, with a particular focus on the actions of the Palestinian Authority (PA) – the non-sovereign body that runs parts of the West Bank.

Philip’s office is located at the Human Right Research and Education Centre (Fauteux Hall, 5th floor, FTX551). He can be reached by email at

We wish him a productive year at the Centre!

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