Over the past two decades, no non-Palestinian has had as much direct
and personal experience in the struggle for Palestinian self-determination,
human rights, and an independent state of their own as Francis A. Boyle.
Starting in 1987, he served as Legal Advisor to the Palestine Liberation
Organization on the Palestinian Declaration of Independence of 15
November 1988 as well as on the ensuing Palestinian Peace Initiative. He
then served as Legal Advisor to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle
East Peace Negotiations from 1991 to 1993. There, at the instructions of
the Head of the Delegation, Dr. Haidar Abdul Shaffi, the author drafted the
Palestinian Alternative to what later became the now defunct Oslo
Agreement. This book provides an insider glimpse into the decades-long
efforts of one of America’s foremost human rights advocates.
Francis A. Boyle is a leading American professor, practitioner and
advocate of international law. He was responsible for drafting the
Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, the American
implementing legislation for the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention.
He served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International (1988-1992),
and represented Bosnia-Herzegovina at the World Court. Professor Boyle
teaches international law at the University of Illinois, Champaign and is
author of, inter alia, The Criminality of Nuclear Deterrence, Defending Civil
Resistance Under International Law, The Future of International Law and
American Foreign Policy, Foundations of World Order: The Legalist
Approach to International Relations 1898-1921, and The Bosnian People
He holds a Doctor of Law Magna Cum Laude as well as a Ph.D. in
Political Science from Harvard University.
From January 8-12 Francis A. Boyle served as the 18th Bertrand
Russell Peace Lecturer at McMaster University in Canada. Previous
Russell Lecturers have been E.P. Thompson, Elena Bonner, Edward
Said, Ramsey Clark, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Joseph Rotblat, Johan
Galtung, and Noam Chomsky.