Jerusalem and the future of the Two-state Solution

A seminar on the legal status of Jerusalem under international law and the future of the Two-state Solution, organized by the William Wilberforce Institute in the Czech Republic in cooperation with The Hague Initiative for International Cooperation (thinc.).

8-9 January 2019, House of Parliament, Prague

In 2018, the State of Israel turned 70, but peace between Israel and the Palestinians seems as far away as ever. Since the 1970’s, the idea has developed that international law requires resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict by creating a State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital, and borders based on the ‘1967 lines’  ̶  the so-called Two-state Solution. Is this correct?

The fair and unbiased application of the Rule of Law in international relations is an essential component of the peaceful resolution of conflicts between nations. Unfortunately, the international legal system is at risk of manipulation by groups of nations to achieve military or ideological ends (lawfare). A striking example is the Israel-Palestine conflict.

In her Separate Opinion about the Wall (2004), Judge Rosalyn Higgins of the International Court of Justice said

“The law, history and politics of the Israel-Palestine dispute is immensely complex … Context is important in legal determinations”. 

The time has come to revisit the prevailing legal paradigm to resolve the conflict. This seminar aims to provide a legal framework for the exploration of alternative policy solutions that balance the rights of the Jewish State of Israel to territorial integrity, security and political independence with the rights of Palestinian Arabs to political autonomy, and social-economic advancement.

Audience

This seminar is intended for political executives and diplomats, international law academics and practitioners, parliamentarians and foreign policy makers, Media reps and opinion leaders.

Program

The seminar starts on 8 January at 4 PM and closes on 9 January at 5:30 PM.

Day 1, Tuesday 8 January

16:00 – 17:00           Registration

17:00 – 18:30           Opening session – The need for a paradigm shift

19:00 – 22:00           Evening session – Dinner + guest speaker

Day 2, Wednesday 9 January

9:00 – 10:20           Session 1  –  Jerusalem

10:40 – 12:00           Session 2  –  Territorial Sovereignty and International Borders

12:00 – 13:00           Lunch

13:00 – 14:20           Session 3  –  Occupation and Settlements

14:40 – 16:00           Session 4  –  Statehood and Self-determination

16:20 – 17:20           Panel        –  Jerusalem and the future of the Two-state Solution

17:20 – 17:30           Closing     –  Conclusions

The agenda will be presented by four international experts in different aspects of the subject matter, including the situation on the ground. The following topics will be covered i.a.

  • The status of West and East Jerusalem under international law.
  • Is ‘occupation’ illegal? Must Israel, under international law, leave East Jerusalem?
  • What is the status of the ‘Oslo agreements’? Are the parties required to negotiate?
  • Does international law require a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital?
  • Has Israel the right to designate Jerusalem as its capital? Have other states a right to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and place their embassies there?
  • What is the future of the Two-state Solution?

The nature of the seminar is interactive. There will be ample space for Q&A, discussion and time to socialize and reflect on the political consequences of the legal paradigm shift.

 

Location

The sessions will take place in the House of Parliament in the beautiful city center of Prague.

Registration

The participation fee of the seminar is € 150.

The participants shall take care of their own travel & lodging. Detailed information including a list of recommended hotels will be provided upon application.

You are requested to register by email to jana.prihodova@sion.cz.

For queries and additional information, please, call +420 777 253 338.