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International law and 40 years of occupation

04-06-2007 Event

Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, 5 - 7 June

Event Info

Where: Geneva

 "Forty Years after 1967: reappraising the Role and Limits of the Legal Discourse on Occupation in the Israeli Palestinian Context"  


 Conference organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Minerva Centre for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.   

After 40 years what has been and what could be the contribution of the legal debate on occupation in the Israeli-Palestinian context? That is a key issue which will be debated by international legal experts during a three day conference.

 The discussions will include 29 panellists and guest speakers from Israel, the West Bank, England, Canada, Finland, Ireland, Germany, Northern Ireland, the United States and Australia as well as experts from the ICRC's legal departments in Tel Aviv and Geneva. 

 " The purpose of the conference is to foster discussion of the role and the limits of international and domestic law concerning military occupation, " explains one of the organizers of the conference, Rotem Giladi legal adviser for the ICRC in Tel Aviv. " The occupation in the Israeli-Palestinian context provides a unique case study. It has lasted a very long time and allows an examination of different strategies, norms and practices developed by Israel and the Palestinians as well as intern ational and other actors such as NGOs. "

 " International Humanitarian Law (IHL) – in particular the Geneva Conventions- is the foundation of ICRC activities worldwide, " says Christoph Harnisch, the Head of the ICRC Delegation in Tel Aviv. " In Israel and the occupied territories, our mandate also relates to that particular part of IHL called the Law of Occupation and this is why the discussions during this conference are of such interest. "

 The conference opens on June 5 at the Konrad Adenauer Conference Centre in Mishkenot Sha'anim, Jerusalem. The following morning it moves to the Mount Scopus Campus of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and concludes on June 7 at Tel-Aviv University's Faculty of Law. All sessions are open to the pubic and the media. For the conference programme please refer to the following website:  
  • Read also the address by the Head of ICRC Delegation in Israel and the Occupied and Autonomous Territories.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Bernard Barrett, ICRC Jerusalem, tel +972 2 582 88 45 or +972 52 601 91 50  

 Bana Sayeh, ICRC Jerusalem, tel +972 2 582 88 45 or +972 52 601 91 48  

 Yael Segev-Eytan, ICRC Tel Aviv, tel +972 3 524 52 86 or +972 52 275 75 17