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PhD student wins Rosa del Olmo Prize

Mon 29 January 2024

Old College Quad

Edinburgh Law School PhD student Marya Al-Hindi was awarded the 2023 Rosa del Olmo Prize for her article ‘Criminalising Palestinians: History and Borders in the Construction of the Palestinian Threat’. This prize is awarded biennially by the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy (IJCJSD) to the article(s) that most contributes to innovative thinking in the development of criminology beyond Western scripts. 

Marya said: “Israel was brought to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) by South Africa, where it was ruled that Israel must take action to prevent its acts of genocide in Gaza; the present moment is therefore an opportune time to address the international crimes committed by Israel. Israel's marginalisation of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories as well as the ongoing genocide of Palestinians in Gaza, comes with an erasure of Palestinian history, culture and land. The International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy has recognised the need for a more nuanced explanation of Israel’s settler colonial policies and the criminalisation of Palestinians in the modern Israeli context.”

A second-year PhD candidate, Marya holds an LLB in Law and International Relations and an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Edinburgh Law School. Her research explores the intersection of race and criminal justice, with special focus on the Middle East. 

Read Marya Al-Hindi’s award-winning article 

Marya Al-Hindi – SCCJR Profile

Rosa del Olmo Prize