International Law

A WORK IN PROGRESS

NEWS

  • Harpers Magazine “Lawfare Redux”, by Scott Horton (12 March 2010) – Lawfare – conservatives attacking the usage of international law to defend human rights. Examples include effort to prosecute Israel for war crimes for Gaza offensive.
  • Mondoweiss Goldstone: ‘If Gaza isn’t collective punishment, what is?’ by Philip Weiss (6 November 2009).
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Settlers increase attacks on West Bank Palestinians, by Robert W. Gee (19 August 2008).
    This article describes increasing settler attacks on Palestinians supposedly because of increased shutdown of outposts and the relative lack of Israeli police response. The article also describes the outposts as illegal as per Israeli law, but that all settlements are ‘illegitimate’ as per international law and also describes the dual legal system which ties the settlement legally to Israel while the Palestinian areas remain under military law.
  • Washington Post
    Israel likely to skip next UN racism conference, by Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press (6 August 2008).
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
    Village sues builders of Israeli settlement, Associated Press (10 July 2008) – On behalf of WB village, Bilin sues Canadian construction companies involved in settlement construction in violation of international law.
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
    Chicago Tribune,
    Philadelphia Inquirer,
    San Francisco Chronicle,
    Washington Post:
    Group: Palestinians shorted by West Bank police, by Diaa Hadid, Associated Press (9 July 2008)
    This article describes study showing unfair treatment of Palestinian civilians by Israeli police working in the occupied territories – the group is ‘Yesh Din’.

ONLINE REPORTS

OFFLINE REFERENCE MATERIALS

  • Cattan, Henry. “Palestine and International Law: The Legal Aspects of the Arab-Israeli Conflict”. Longman Group, Ltd., London (1973).
  • Falk, Richard A. and Burns, H. Weston. “The Relevance of International Law to Israeli and Palestinian Rights in the West Bank and Gaza”, in Playfair, Emma (ed.), International Law and the Administration of Occupied Territories, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK (1992), p 125.
  • Greenwood, Christopher. “The Administration of Occupied Territory in International Law”, in Playfair, Emma (ed.), International Law and the Administration of Occupied Territories, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK (1992), p 241.
  • “Human Rights and the Rule of Law”. “Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem, Israel (1998).
  • Mallison, W.T., Jr.. “The Balfour Declaration: An Appraisal in International Law “. Published in Transformation of Palestine. Edited by Ibrahim Abu-Lughud. Published by Northwestern University Press, Evanston, IL (1987).
  • Mazzawi, Musa E. “Palestine and the Law: Guidelines for the Resolution of the Arab-Israeli Conflict”. Garnet Publishing Limited, Ithaca Press, Berkshire, UK (1997).
  • Playfair, Emma. “Playing on Principle? Israel’s Justification for its Administrative Acts in the Occupied West Bank”, in Playfair, Emma (ed.), International Law and the Administration of Occupied Territories, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK (1992), p 205.
  • Qupty, Mazen. “The Application of International Law in the Occupied Territories as Reflected in the Judgments of the High Court of Justice in Israel”, in Playfair, Emma (ed.), International Law and the Administration of Occupied Territories, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK (1992), p 87.
  • Rishmawi, Mona. “The Administration of the West Bank under Israeli Rule”, in Playfair, Emma (ed.), International Law and the Administration of Occupied Territories, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK (1992), p 267.
  • Roberts, Adam. “Prolonged Military Occupation: The Israeli-Occupied Territories 1967-1988”, in Playfair, Emma (ed.), International Law and the Administration of Occupied Territories, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK (1992), p 25.
  • Shamir, Ronen. “The Colonies of Law: Colonialism, Zionism, and Law in Early Mandate Palestine”. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK (2000).
  • ARTICLES:

    The International Laws of Belligerent Occupation
    Professor of International Law Francis Boyle –
    Belligerent occupation is governed by The Hague Regulations of 1907, as well as by the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, and the customary laws of belligerent occupation. Security Council Resolution 1322 (2000), paragraph 3 continued: “Calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and its responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in a Time of War of 12 August 1949;…” Again, the Security Council vote was 14 to 0, becoming obligatory international law. more

    Why a ‘right of return’ is necessary
    Sari Hanafi in The Daily Star
    The right of return of Palestinian refugees to their place of origin is enshrined in four separate bodies of international law: humanitarian law, human rights law, the law of nationality as applied to state succession, and refugee law. more

    Red Cross Report Says Israel Disregards Humanitarian Law
    Steven Erlanger in the New York Times The International Committee of the Red Cross, in a confidential report about East Jerusalem and its surrounding areas, accuses Israel of a “general disregard” for “its obligations under international humanitarian law – and the law of occupation in particular.” more

    World Court Condemns Israel’s Wall
    Arthur Max in the UK GuardianThe U.N.’s highest judicial authority decided Israel’s planned 425-mile-long barrier in the West Bank violates international law and must be dismantled, according to court documents that were leaked ahead of the announcement. more

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