Announcement: International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism, Cork 31 March – 2 April 2017

olivebranchIt is with excitement that we are announcing the launch of the conference “International Law & the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism” that will be held between the 31stof March and the 2nd of April 2017 at University College Cork, a constituent university of the National University of Ireland.

This conference will be the first of its kind and constitutes a ground-breaking historical event on the road towards justice and enduring peace in historic Palestine. It is unique because, while most attention today is directed at Israel’s actions in the 1967 Occupied Territories, the conference seeks to expand the debate surrounding the nature of the State of Israel and the legal and political reality within it.

The conference will raise questions that link the suffering in historic Palestine to the manner of Israel’s foundation and its nature. It aims to generate a debate on legitimacy, responsibility and exceptionalism under international law as provoked by the nature of the Israeli state. It will also examine how international law could be deployed, expanded, and even re-imagined, in order to achieve peace and reconciliation based on justice.

The conference is interdisciplinary; its examination of the themes of legitimacy, responsibility and exceptionalism will link issues pertinent to a wide range of academic fields. Speakers include leading scholars from Law, Politics, Philosophy, Theology, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, History and other disciplines.

Keynote addresses and panel sessions will provide a much-needed platform for scholarly debate and disagreement. Speakers and participants will come from widely differing backgrounds, having different, and indeed opposing, perspectives on the central questions addressed by this conference.

Recent developments in some countries – particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom – have evidenced a chilling repression of academic freedom when it comes to critique of Israeli state policy. This renders it all the more crucial to provide forums for such debate. The history of this conference reflects these developments. Originally, it was planned to hold the conference at the University of Southampton, but growing pressure on academic freedom in the United Kingdom forced a decision to move the conference to Ireland. We look forward to productive and constructive academic engagement in Cork with the vital themes and questions raised by the conference.

Organising committee:

Ms. Juman Asmail, Independent Researcher.
Professor Oren Ben-Dor, University of Southampton.
Professor George Bisharat, University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Professor James Bowen, University College Cork.
Mr. Mike FitzGibbon, University College Cork.
Dr. Kathy Glavanis-Grantham, University College Cork.
Dr. Piaras MacEinri, University College Cork.
Dr. Jacqui O’Riordan, University College Cork.
Dr. John Reynolds, Maynooth University.
Professor Suleiman Sharkh, University of Southampton.

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  6 comments for “Announcement: International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism, Cork 31 March – 2 April 2017

  1. Rahim Khan
    14 December 2016 at 7:41 am

    I am interested in attending the conference.

    Kindly let me have details about the venue, registration and the programme.

    • Oren Ben-Dor
      17 December 2016 at 7:31 pm

      Hi Rahim, that is great. Please look at the website for details and look forward to seeing you in Cork. Oren Ben-Dor

  2. Barry Meridian
    14 December 2016 at 7:49 am

    The 48 war was the was the result of the Palestinians together with their Arab allies to perform ethnic cleansing on the Jews and their failure to complete it.
    Every single Jew in the parts of the Mandate seized by the Arabs was expelled from their homes. No exceptions.

    850,000 Jews were also forced from the Arab countries.

    After the 5 Arab armies attacked Israel in 48, Palestinian leader Haj Amin Al Husseini stated:
    I declare a holy war, my muslim brothers! Murder the Jews! Murder them all!
    The Arab League Secretary, General Azzam Pasha declared “a holy war. He said, “This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades.

    • emma heel
      16 January 2017 at 10:45 pm

      You have a poor grasp of history (which parts of “the Mandate” were seized by Arabs, for example?) Maybe read some history books before sounding off.

  3. Leslie
    15 January 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Jews represent 0.1% of the world’s population. They have a tiny sliver of desert land they can call a country where they can be safe from the rampant gangs bigotry such as one-sided forums like this. Go pick on a country that is not presented with existential threats on a daily basis. Ireland is 3x bigger than Israel. Go pick on a country your own size.

    • emma heel
      16 January 2017 at 10:47 pm

      “They have a tiny sliver of desert land they can call a country”

      (a) it’s not a desert and (b) if they just wish to live peacefully in Israel, why have they occupied Gaza and the West Bank for fifty years an annexed East Jerusalem and the Golan?

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