Date(s) - 11 Apr 2013
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Is international law relevant to Palestine?
Lecturer in Law, University of Sussex
Thursday 11th April 2013, 7.30pm
Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Brighton
The Palestine solidarity movement often invokes international law to illustrate Israel’s human rights abuses, as well as the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people. In my presentation I will discuss how international law is relevant in theory, and why enforcement has proved unattainable thus far. I’ll hope to explain some of the key strands of the applicable international law, and how the various players, such as the PLO, Israel, the EU, the UN , and civil society have sought to rely upon, or to reject, international law and institutions. The session will include a discussion about how international law may provide tools for either resolving or perpetuating the occupation of Palestine.
Michael Kearney has published on matters relating to international law and Palestine, including: apartheid and colonialism; the question of statehood; the International Criminal Court; and the politicisation of international law (‘lawfare’). Several of his papers are freely available for download at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=1505305.
Michael has previously taught at the University of York and the LSE, and worked with the Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq.