The Arab-Israeli Conflict and International Law
S. Michael Lynk
The Arab-Israeli conflict has become the most prominent arena of regional and international tension over the past century. Within the realm of international law, the conflict has contributed greatly to the development of international rule-making. The laws of war, the scope of international humanitarian and human rights law, the rights of refugees, the centrality of self-determination, the laws on terrorism and the content of modern treaty-making -- all have ben significantly shaped by the norms established through the copious resolutions, diplomatic statements and legal commentary on the many features of the conflict. Yet, at the same time, the efficacy of international law has suffered because the principal actors have marginalized it as a diplomatic tool by the parties and the international community to shape a lasting peace in the region.
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