Presenters and Topics
Panel 1: Occupation and Settlement
Avi Bell (Bar-Ilan, San Diego) - Legality of Settlements and Settlers
Eugene Kontorovich (Northwestern) - The Reality of Conquest: The Fate of Transferees in Occupied Territory under International Law
Panel 2: Statehood and Refugees
Arthur Kent (Fordham) - Myth of Right of Return
Julian Ku (Hofstra) - Evolving Notions of Statehood
Jared Wessel (Skadden Arps) - Collective Waiver of Right of Return
Panel 3: Universal Jurisdiction
David Moore (Brigham Young) - Israel and the Exercise of Universal Jurisdiction
Facilitator: Samuel Estreicher (NYU) - The New Diplomacy of the Obama Administration
Panel 4: Use of Force
Kenneth Anderson (American) - Proportionality in the Law and Ethics of War
Samuel Estreicher (NYU) - Privileging Asymmetric Warfare
Panel 5: Issues of Factfinding and Bias
Roger Alford (Pepperdine) - Legality of Arab Boycott of Israel
Jide Nzelibe (Northwestern) - Provocateurs and Marginal Offenders
Nicholas Rostow (SUNY) - The Goldstone Report
Ruth Wedgwood (Johns Hopkins) - Facfinding by International Organizations
One Day Conference
Israel and International Law
Monday, May 17, 2010 from 8:00am - 6:00pm
Northwestern University School of Law
Rubloff Building, Room 339
375 E. Chicago Avenue
Dietary laws observed.
Admission: $25 (includes lunch)
Lunch and CLE Credit: $75
International law influences nations and affects people. Often, the loudest voices argue that Israel has breached international laws. News reports frequently state that Jewish settlements, Israel��s security barrier and self-defense measures violate international law. Many in positions of influence and power have accepted this narrative without critical examination of the evidence. Do such claimsreflect an accurate, balanced rendering of international law?
Professors Eugene Kontorovich of Northwestern University and Samuel Estreicher of New York University have brought together an outstanding group of international law scholars to present papers and evaluate these issues. From the Goldstone Report to the legality of settlements, from the Palestinians' claimed right of return to the Arab trade and intillectual exchange boycott and more, the conference will examine the crucial legal issues shaping the seemingly intractable conflict between Arabs and Israel.
Offering CLE credit, most of the presentations will be aimed at a legal audience. However, there will be a special lunch panel at noon for the benefit of non-lawyers and lawyers alike.