Ben-Naftali/Imseis masterclass: international law in the case of the Israel/Palestine conflict

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Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 06 October 2015


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Orna Ben-Naftali and Ardi Imseis


Julia Wee
+61 (0)2 6125 3948

The Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ), Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) is pleased to announce a ‘Festival of International Law’ in October.

This masterclass is one of three Festival of International Law events relating to the role of international law in the relationship between Israel and Palestine.

Events related to exploring new research directions in international criminal law are also part of this Festival.

Registration by 5pm Thursday 1 October, at this webform, is required for this event.

Professor Orna Ben-Naftali is professor of jurisprudence and of international law at The College of Management Academic Studies in Israel. She is a graduate of Tel-Aviv University, Harvard University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a former lecturer at Brandeis University and the Fletcher School. She is a regular advisor to the UN and a board member of the European Journal of International Law. Orna is the author of International Law Between Peace and War (together with Prof. Yuval Shani), a book which has become the standard reference in all international law courses offered in the country. She serves as Head of the International Law field of specialization; as a founding member of Concord’s Executive Board and as a board member of B’Tselem, the Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories.

Mr Ardi Imseis holds an LL.M. (Columbia), an LL.B. (Dalhousie), and a B.A. (Hons.) (Toronto). He joined the Cambridge community in 2014 after having served in senior policy and legal capacities for 12 years with the United Nations in the Middle East. He is admitted to the practice of law in Canada (Ontario 2001; Alberta 2010), and has served as Senior Legal Counsel to the Chief Justice of Alberta. Ardi is former Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Human Rights Fellow, Columbia University, and is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Palestine Yearbook of International Law. His principal areas of research interest are in public international law, in particular international humanitarian law, international refugee law, international human rights law, international criminal law and the law and practice of the United Nations. His doctoral research examines the interplay between international law and international legitimacy in the practice of the United Nations, using Palestine as a case study.

Readings have been set for this masterclass and can be accessed below:

  1. the introductory chapter to a book Orna is co-authoring entitled “The ABC of the OPT” (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

  2. the entry “C: Combatants” in the same book by Orna. This entry is one of of twenty-six in the book and provides an illustration of the main theoretical argument and methodologies presented in the Introductory chapter.

  3. the introductory chapter ‘Prelude: Why a Quest for Legitimacy?’ from Thomas M. Franck’s book, The Power of Legitimacy Among Nations, (OUP, 1990), pp. 3-26. The book is available in hard copy at the ANU Law library and electronically from the ANU library. The eBook can be accessed here.

This event is supported by an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship (FL 100100176).

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