MPIL — 22.11.2018 / 19:00 Humboldt-Universität Berlin (UDL 9)

The ABC of the OPT

A Book Launch Conversation with Michael Lynk, Orna Ben Naftali, Charles Shamas and Yuval Shany, moderated by Anne Peters

on Thursday, 22 November 2018, 19:00 at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Juristische Fakultät, Unter den Linden 9, 10099 Berlin, Hörsaal 213.

Israel’s half-a-century long rule over the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and some of its surrounding legal issues, have been the subject of extensive academic literature. Yet, to date, there has been no comprehensive, theoretically-informed, and empirically-based academic study of the role of various legal mechanisms, norms, and concepts in shaping, legitimizing, and responding to the Israeli control regime. The book that is being presented and discussed seeks to fill this gap, while shedding new light on the subject. Through the format of an A-Z legal lexicon, it critically reflects on, challenges, and redefines the language, knowledge, and practices surrounding the Israeli control regime. Taken together, the entries illuminate the relation between global and local forces – legal, political, and cultural – in Israel and Palestine. The study of the terms involved provides insights that are relevant to other situations elsewhere in the world, particularly with regard to belligerent occupation, the law’s role in relation to state violence, and justice.

Orna Ben-Naftali / Michael Sfard / Hedi Viterbo, The ABC of the OPT. A Legal Lexicon of the Israeli Control over the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2018.

Speakers:

  • Michael Lynk, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Western University (London, Ontario, Canada), UN Special Rapporteur for the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territory Occupied since 1967
  • Orna Ben Naftali, Rector, The College of Management Academic Studies; Emile Zola Chair for Human Rights
  • Charles Shamas, Senior Partner & Founder, Mattin Group, Ramallah
  • Yuval Shany, Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in Public International Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Chair: Anne Peters, Director, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

An event co-sponsored by the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg) and Recht im Kontext (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin).

A reception is to follow.

Please register in advance at berlin@mpil.de

A Book Launch Conversation with Michael Lynk, Orna Ben Naftali, Charles Shamas and Yuval Shany, moderated by Anne Peters on Thursday, 22 November 2018, 19:00 at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Juristische Fakultät, Unter den Linden 9, 10099 Berlin, Hörsaal 213. Israel’s half-a-century long rule over the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and some of its surrounding legal issues, have been the subject of extensive academic literature. Yet, to date, there has been no comprehensive, theoretically-informed, and empirically-based academic study of the…

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