The International Law of Belligerent Occupation: Evolution, Status, and Application—in Israel and Beyond

Starts:
4:15 pm on Thursday, October 11, 2018
Ends:
5:30 pm on Thursday, October 11, 2018
Location:
School of Law (765 Comm. Ave) Room 102
The international law of armed conflict governs the rights and competences of states to take action in territories beyond their borders following war, humanitarian intervention, and other developments culminating in foreign occupation. Since Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967, it has been the most high-profile example of a circumstance in which this law theoretically applies. Even though the international community has affirmed that the international law of occupation applies to the West Bank, the political echelons of Israel have largely disregarded international legal constraints, and the long-term occupation in any event challenges those constraints. The Supreme Court of Israel has nonetheless ruled repeatedly that international occupation law continues to apply.

David Kretzmer, Professor Emeritus of International Law at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Professor of Law at Sapir College School of Law, will speak about the contemporary law of belligerent occupation and its application (or failure of application) in the Occupied Territories, focusing on the tension between the conclusions of the Israeli Supreme Court and the conduct of Israel's political branches. Can the international legal regime persist after half a century of occupation? Professor Sloane will offer some comparative comments on China’s belligerent occupation of Tibet and moderate Q&A with Professor Kretzmer.

This event is sponsored by the International Law Society.