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Nicola Perugini

Nicola Perugini
Nicola Perugini
Lecturer in International Relations
3.02 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 6515472
Research Interests
Global justice, Human rights, Politics of human rights, Humanitarianism, International Law & International Relations, Critical legal studies, Middle East Politics, Israel-Palestine, Postcolonial theory, Critical Theory, Political violence

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • Thursdays 12:00 - 2pm, or by appointment.




2015 Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon, The Human Right to Dominate, Oxford University Press.

Italian translation: Il diritto umano di dominare, Roma, Nottetempo, Roma, 2016.

Arabic translation: under contract with the Doha Arab Center For Research and Policy Studies (forthcoming 2017).

Reviewed in: American Ethnologist  Vol. 43, n. 2 (2016); Law and Society Review Vol. 50, n. 1 (2016); Global Discourse (2016);  Human Rights Law Review Vol. 16, n. 2 (2016), Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée Vol 143 (2017); Journal of Palestine Studies Vol. 46, n. 2 (2017)

In preparation: Human Shields. A Political and Legal History

Edited Volumes

2017 Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon, Special Symposium “Critical Perspectives on Human Shields,” American Journal of International Law, Unbound Edition, Volume 110


2017 Forthcoming Nicola Perugini, “Settler Colonial Inversions: Israel’s “Disengagement” and the Gush Katif ‘Museum of Expulsion’ in Jerusalem,” Settler Colonial Studies

2017 Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon, "Distinction and the Ethics of Violence: On the Legal Construction of Liminal Subjects and Spaces," Antipode. A Radical Journal of Geography Vol 49, Issue 5, p. 1385–1405 

2017 Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon, “Human Rights and Domination,” Amsterdam Law Forum, Vol. 9, n. 2, p. 136-146.

2017 Nicola Perugini and Francesco Zucconi, “Enjoy Poverty: Humanitarianism and the Testimonial Function of Images”, Visual Studies

2016 Neve Gordon and Nicola Perugini, “Human Shields, Sovereign Power, and the Evisceration of the Civilian,” American Journal of International Law, Unbound Edition, Volume 110, p. 329-324.

2016 Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon, “Introduction to Symposium on Critical Perspectives on Human Shields,” American Journal of International Law, Unbound Edition, Volume 110, p. 296-298.

2016 Nicola Perugini and Francesco Zucconi, “Pasolini decoloniale: La rabbia tra Africa, Asia e Americhe” (Decolonial Pasolini: The Anger between Africa, Asia and Americas”, Afriche e Orienti

2016 Neve Gordon and Nicola Perugini, “The Politics of Human Shielding: On the Resignification of Space and the Constitutions of Civilians as Shields in Liberal Wars”, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Vol 34, Issue 1, p. 168-187.

2015 Neve Gordon and Nicola Perugini, “Protective Edge and Human Shields”, Retos Internacionales, 5, n. 11, p. 93-102

Arabic translation: Mada al-Carmel, Israeli Studies Program, Vol. 3, 2014.

2014 Nicola Perugini “The Moral Economy of Settler Colonialism. Israel and the ‘Evacuation Trauma’”, History of the Present, Vol 4., n. 1, p. 49-74

2013 Nicola Perugini, Sandi Hilal, Alessandro Petti, and Eyal Weizman, “The Lawless Line”, London Review of International Law, Vol. 1, Issue 1, p. 201-209

2013 Nicola Perugini and Francesco Zucconi, “Estetica e politica della vita povera” (Aesthetics and Politics of Poor Life) Fata Morgana, Quadrimestrale di cinema e visioni (Fata Morgana, Journal of Cinema and Visions), N. 20, p. 181-189 (ITA)

2012 Nicola Perugini and Kareem Rabie, “I coloni togati” (Gowned Settlers), Limes, Rivista italiana di geopolitica (Limes, Italian Journal of Geo-Politics), 2-12, p. 78-95 (ITA)

2012 Nicola Perugini and Tommaso Sbriccoli, “Dai paesi di origine alle Corti italiane: Campi, diritto e narrazioni nella costruzione della soggettività dei rifugiati” (From the Homelands to the Italian Courts: Camps, Law and the Construction of Refugee Subjectivities), Antropologia Medica (Medical Anthropology, Journal of the Italian National Society of Medical Anthropology), 33-34, p. 95-128 (ITA)

2011 Alessandro Petti, Nicola Perugini, Eyal Weizman and Sandi Hilal,  “Linea verde: il limes senza legge” (“Green Line: the Lawless limes”), Limes, Rivista italiana di geopolitica (Limes, Italian Journal of Geo-Politics), n.3, 2011, p. 123-128 (ITA)

2010 Nicola Perugini, “‘The frontier is where the Jews live’: a case of Israeli ‘democratic colonialism’,” Journal of Law and Social Research, Issue 1, n.2, 73-90

2010 Nicola Perugini, “Who owns the lines?”, Pace, Conflitti e Violenza, Anno VII,  Vol. 7,  n. 11,  Fall, 23-27 (ITA)

2010 Alessandra Gola, Nicola Perugini, and Samir Harb, “The recovery of historical paths as tool for social and territorial development: the Palestinian case of Battir”, Almatourism, Journal of Tourism, Culture and Territorial Development, Vol. 1, n.1, 60-66

2008 Nicola Perugini, “Anthropologists at War: Ethnographic Intelligence and Counter-Insurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan”, International Political Anthropology, Issue n.2, November, p. 213-227

Italian translation: “La conoscenza culturale del nemico”, Afriche e Orienti, Issue n. 3-4, and Jura Gentium, Journal of Philosophy of International Law and Global Politics, Vol. VI, n. 2, p. 57-69 (ITA)

Chapters in Collective Volumes

2018 Forthcoming Nicola Perugini and Francesco Zucconi, “La rabbia: Pasolini’s Ecstasy of Color,” in Luca Peretti and Karen T. Raizen, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Framed and Unframed: A Thinker for the Twenty-First Century, London, Bloomsbury.

2017 Forthcoming Neve Gordon and Nicola Perugini, “Liminality and the Ethics of Violence in Contemporary War”, in John Agnew and Mathew Coleman, Geographies of Power, Edward Elgar, London.

2017 Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon (equal contribution,) “Israel/Palestine, Human Rights and Domination,” in Anthony Tirado Chase (ed.), Routledge Handbook on Human Rights and the Middle East and North Africa, Routledge, London and New York, p. 419-430.

2014 Nicola Perugini and DAAR (equal contribution,) “The Thickness of Lines”, in Forensic Architecture, ed., FORENSIS: The Architecture of Public Truth, Sternberg Press, Berlin-New York, p. 152-158

2013 Nicola Perugini and DAAR (equal contribution), “Common Assembly”, in E. Weizman, A. Petti, S. Hilal, Architecture After Revolution, Sternberg Press, Berlin-New York, p. 130-153

2013 Nicola Perugini, Introduction to Judith Butler, Can One Lead a Good Life in a Bad Life?, Nottetempo, Roma, p. 5-11 (ITA)

2012 Nicola Perugini and Kareem Rabie, “The Human Right to the Colony”, in S. Jacoviello, T. Sbriccoli (eds.), Shifting Borders: European Perspectives on Creolization, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 35-56

2011 Nicola Perugini, “Arruolamento cognitive e arruolamento politico: un’antropologia politica dello sguardo” (Cognitive Enrolment and Political Enrolment: a Political Anthropology of Gaze), in M. Coviello, D. Chimenti, F. Zucconi (eds.), Sguardi incrociati. Cinema, testimonianza, memoria nel lavoro teorico di Marco Dinoi, Ente dello Spettacolo, Roma (ITA), p. 227-241

2007 Nicola Perugini, “Territoriality among the Zaian of the Central High-Plateau (Morocco). Transformations and continuities”, in Pier Giorgio Solinas (ed.) Campo, spazio, territorio. Approcci antropologici, Catania (ITA), ED.IT, p. 35-60 

Topics interested in supervising

Human rights, humanitarianism, international law, political violence, Middle East politics and conflicts, Israel/Palestine, colonialism, migrations.