CANCELLED: International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism, University of Southampton 17 – 19 April 2015

by | 5 Mar 2015

This conference has now been cancelled on the grounds of ‘health and safety’. Read more here → You may sign a petition against the cancellation here →

Conference Dates: 17 —19 April 2015

About the conference:

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 it concerns the legitimacy in International Law of the Jewish state of Israel. Rather than focusing on Israeli actions in the 1967 Occupied Territories, the conference will focus on exploring themes of Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism; all of which are posed by Israel’s very nature.

Speakers and panels:

The conference aims to explore the relatedness of the suffering and injustice in Palestine to the foundation and protection of a state of such nature and asks what role International Law should play in the situation. It will take place over a whole weekend and will involve leading thinkers: scholars from law, politics, philosophy, theology, anthropology, cultural studies history and other connected disciplines.

Key speakers and various panels will diagnose the legal position with regard to the nature of Israel thus enabling a much needed platform for scholarly debate and disagreement.

Getting involved:

If you wish to attend the conference, please register online.

Academic organisation:

Professor Oren Ben-Dor (University of Southampton, E:, Professor George Bisharat (University of California, Hastings College of Law, E:

Southampton organising committee:

Professor Oren Ben-Dor, Professor Suleiman Sharkh, Ms. Juman Asmail, Ms. Jo Hazell.

More details available here.


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