April 2016: Post-Oslo Palestine in International Law
Fordham University School of Law
Since the latest round of US-brokered peace negotiations between Israel and the PLO collapsed in early 2014, the PLO has proposed various measures to break the current impasse and ‘internationalize’ responsibility for ending the conflict. These measures vary from a UN Security Council resolution that would set parameters for resumed final-status negotiations and a deadline for reaching an agreement, to termination of the Oslo Accords and dissolution of the Palestinian Authority. This lecture considered some of the important questions of international law raised by these developments.
April 2016: The Palestinian Right of Return: A Legal and Political Analysis
New York University School of Law
This conversation with Professor Susan Akram of Boston University School of Law introduced the bases in international law for the Palestinian right of return: international humanitarian law, nationality and state succession law, and human rights law. It examined the gap in international protection of Palestinian refugees, the need for full implementation of the Refugee Convention to Palestinian refugees, and previous regional and bilateral agreements to accord Palestine refugees the full protection of international refugee law. Also discussed was a proposal for the State of Palestine to confer citizenship on its stateless refugees and exercise diplomatic protection on their behalf, the consequences of Palestinian citizenship for the right of return, and the treatment of the refugee issue in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
March 2016: Environmental Racism in the United States and Palestine
Contrasting Israel's neglect after 1967 of Gaza's water resources with its intense regulation of Palestinian water resource development and use in the West Bank, this lecture argued that the water regime established by the Oslo Accords, like the overall governance structure of the occupied territory under the Accords, was a reconfiguration of Israeli control, enforced by an arcane division of territorial jurisdiction and donor insistence on Palestinian compliance with a labyrinth approval process for water development. The results are reduced Palestinian water access in the West Bank, a shriveling agricultural sector, and further urbanization of the Palestinian population, clearing the deck for further settlement activity; while in Gaza, the destroyed sanitation infrastructure and the contaminated, depleted water supply will have public health and human development consequences for years to come.
Winter 2014-15: Palestine's Diplomatic and Legal Initiatives
The lecture, which was delivered in various forms to an array of audiences, placed Palestine’s current diplomatic initiatives in an international law context, including recognition of the State of Palestine on the 1967 occupied territory, a draft UN Security Council resolution setting substantive parameters and a deadline for an Israeli-Palestinian final-status agreement, and initiatives to enforce state responsibility of non-recognition with respect to Israeli expressions of sovereignty over Palestinian territory.
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
Columbia Law School
Boston University School of Law
Council of the European Union, Mashreq/Maghreb Working Party
German House, Palestine
Private briefings to members of United States House and Senate