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Tel Aviv University
Dr Aeyal Gross [Tel Aviv University, Law] spoke in a pro-Palestinian event organized by The Association of the Palestinian Community, London

Dr. Aeyal Gross. Faculty of Law, Tel-Aviv University, email: agross@post.tau.ac.il


The Israel – Palestine Conflict: The Case of the War on Gaza - where do the legalities lie?

The Israel – Palestine Conflict: The Case of the War on Gaza - where do the legalities lie?

See programme for speakers

Date: 1 March 2009 Time: 10:00 AM

Finishes: 1 March 2009 Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery

Type of Event: Conference

10.00-10.30: Doors open.  Tea and coffee will be available

Panel I: Introduction and Welcome
: HH Eugene Cotran (SOAS), Michel Massih QC (Tooks) and Ian Edge (SOAS)
Introduction : Elias Khoury (senior advocate, Jerusalem).  Mr Khoury will outline how the recent conflict unfolded from the perspective of Israel and the West Bank, and the legal responses to it.

Break: 11.15-11.30

Panel II on the Use of Force (jus ad bellum)
This panel will examine claims of self defence, etc given at the beginning of the conflict in the light of international law.
Chair: Prof Lynn Welchman (SOAS)
Panel members: Prof Bill Bowring (Birkbeck), Prof Iain Scobbie (SOAS), Prof Rob Cryer (Birmingham)

Lunch: 12.30-13.30 (kindly provided by the Association of the Palestinian Community in the UK)

Panel III on Humanitarian Law Issues (jus in bello)
This would examine issues in relation to the conduct of the conflict.
Chair: Dr Rosemary Hollis (City)
Panel members: Prof Françoise Hampson (Essex), Prof Steven Haines (Geneva Centre for Security Policy, by telephone),

Dr Aeyal Gross (Tel Aviv University)

Break 15.00-15.15

Panel IV on Post Conflict Issues
To address post conflict issues such as fact-finding, war crimes investigations and trials.
Chair: Sir Geoffrey Bindman
Panel members: Michel Massih QC (Tooks), Stephen Kay QC (9 Bedford Row), Prof Rob Cryer (Birmingham)

Closing remarks and thanks

Organiser: The Association of the Palestinian Community, CIMEL and the Sir Joseph Hotung Programme

Contact email: sh84@soas.ac.uk; vk1@soas.ac.uk

Contact Tel: 020 7898 4561

Organised by: Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law , School of Law ,


Information about SOAS

Anti-Israeli Activity at the School of Oriental and African Studies:

By Gavin Gross, JCPA. Published September 2008

http://www.jcpa.org/JCPA/Templates/ShowPage.asp?DBID=1&LNGID=1&TMID=111&FID=381&PID=470&IID=2628 Click to read full article

In addition, an academic centre at SOAS, the Sir Joseph Hotung Programme in Law, Human Rights and Peace Building in the Middle East, appears to lack balance in its coverage of Israeli-Palestinian issues. In October 2004, they cosponsored, along with the SOAS Palestine Society and others, a memorial conference for the Palestinian intellectual Edward Said titled "A Continuing Legacy." In November 2004, they invited the Palestinian advocate Dr. Hanan Ashrawi to present the annual Hotung Lecture. 

In January 2005, following the International Court of Justice's (ICJ) ruling against Israel's security barrier, Prof. Iain Scobbie, head of the Hotung Programme, spoke at three different events at SOAS regarding the alleged illegality of the barrier. One of these events at which Scobbie lectured, along with Arab Member of Knesset and fierce critic of Israeli policy Dr. Azmi Bishara and others, was held at the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, the largest venue on the SOAS campus. The overall event was titled "Sealing Their Fate: The Wall's Implications for Palestinian life" and was presented by the Friends of Birzeit University, the SOAS Palestine Society, and the London Middle East Institute at SOAS.  

In a talk attended by this author on 18 January 2005 at SOAS, titled "The Wall: Material Facts, Legal Arguments and International Court," Scobbie and Hotung research fellow Stephanie Koury gave lengthy presentations detailing the barrier's route, the hardship it causes Palestinians, and the illegality of its construction according to the ICJ. However, they made no mention in their prepared remarks of the nine hundred Israelis killed over four years in suicide bombings. 

To date, there have been no law seminars about the illegality of suicide bombings targeting Israeli civilians. Later in January 2005, though, the Hotung Programme advertised a meeting with the SOAS Palestine Society titled "The Peace Process and Palestinian Refugee Property Claims." In November 2005, Dr. Menachem Klein, a board member of the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem, was brought in to speak about Jerusalem. He considers Israeli policy in the city to be one of apartheid.

In March 2006, the Hotung Programme presented a seminar with Israeli-British lawyer Daniel Machover titled "Practical Problems Prosecuting War Crimes in the English Courts."[35] Machover attempted to have retired Israeli general Doron Almog arrested in Britain for alleged war crimes. He is also the lawyer for Ahmed Saadat, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) leader captured by the Israelis from a Palestinian jail. The European Union considers the PFLP a terrorist organization.


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