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EU Rules on labeling of products from “Occupied Palestinian Territories” – Consumer protection or foreign policy?
Date: 10 December 2020
Time: 7.00 – 9.15 PM CET (Amsterdam)
European Union policy is that all the territory ‘outside the Green Line’ – including what is known as ‘East Jerusalem’ – does not belong to Israel, that a Palestinian state should be built on that territory, and that Israeli “settlements” are illegal. It requires products imported from those territories to clearly indicate these “facts”. Already several European importers of wines from these territories have been punished. But are these indeed true? And do these requirements comply with international law?
This webinar is intended for a global audience, including lawyers, journalists and policy makers. We will look at the status of the “Occupied Palestinian Territories” under international law and discuss the EU’s labeling policy regarding products from these territories in the light of international law. The speakers are recognised experts in this field, including Adv. Jonathan Turner (UK), Prof. Eugene Kontorovich (Israel/US) and Dr. Mark Goldfeder (US).
Session 1 The status of the “Occupied Palestinian Territories” (OPT)
- Introduction: Labeling of wines from the OPT; the cases of Psagot Wineries (F) and Israel Products Centre (NLD) – Andrew Tucker, thinc.
- Background: the status of the “occupied territories” and “settlements” under international law – Dr. Matthijs de Blois, thinc.
- The new US policy concerning labeling of products from Judea and Samaria; is it in line with international law? – Dr. Mark Goldfeder, Emory University Law School, US
- Europe’s labeling policy: what is it and where does it come from? – Andrew Tucker, thinc.
Intermezzo: The Legal Network Initiative – Adv. Yifa Segal
Session 2 Labeling of products from settlements in “Occupied Palestinian Territories”
- Are the EU labeling rules discriminatory? – Prof. Eugene Kontorovich, George Mason University, US
- When are labels misleading? – Adv. Jonathan Turner, UK Lawyers for Israel
- Impact of the EU labeling policy on the relations with Israel – Lukas Mandl, Member of the European Parliament
Both sessions will be concluded with a Q&A session.
Eugene Kontorovich is a professor of Law at the George Mason University in the U.S. and the head of the International Law Department at the Kohelet Policy Forum in Jerusalem. He is recognized as a pre-eminent expert on international law and the Israel-Arab conflict, and an expert in the international law area of ‘belligerent occupation’. Prof. Kontorovich is regarded as the intellectual architect of U.S. state laws on boycotts of Israel and has testified repeatedly in Congress about the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Prof. Eugene Kontorovich
Jonathan Turner is a barrister based in London. In 2011 Jonathan co-founded UK Lawyers for Israel as a voluntary association to provide legal support to Israel and to counter BDS and other anti-Israel activity. Jonathan has chaired the organisation since its inception and has played a leading role in many of its operations, including the arrest in Greece of a flotilla of ships intended to sail to Gaza (2011). He is the author of the textbook “Intellectual Property and EU Competition Law”.
Adv. Jonathan Turner
Lukas Mandl is a Member of the European Parliament from Austria. Among other things, he serves as Chair of the Korea delegation and Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence. Prior to becoming a MEP, he was a Member of the State Parliament of Lower Austria, Vice Mayor and Lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. As Chairman of the Transatlantic Friends of Israel, Lukas actively works on improving the relationship between the EU and Israel.
Andrew Tucker studied law in Australia, the UK and The Netherlands. He was a Fellow of the Law Faculty of the University of Melbourne and Research Associate at the TMC Asser Institute in The Hague. Andrew was Legal Counsel to the European Coalition for Israel from 2010-2019. He is Principal of Tucker & Associates, International Adviser to Christians for Israel International, co-founder and a director of thinc. (2017), and co-author of “Israel on Trial”, (thinc. 2018).
Matthijs de Blois worked in the Department of International Law of the Leiden University, and as an assistant professor at the Law Faculty of the Utrecht University. His academic focus is the philosophical and historical aspects of law, specifically the relationship between law and religion. Matthijs is a Senior Fellow of thinc. since 2017. He lectures and writes frequently about the position of the State of Israel under international law. He is co-author of “Israel on Trial”, (thinc. 2018).
Dr. Matthijs de Blois
Dr. Mark Goldfeder, Esq. is Special Counsel for International Affairs at the American Center for Law and Justice, Senior Lecturer at Emory University Law School, Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, and Director of the Restoring Religious Freedom Project. He is also Editor of the Cambridge University Press Series on Law and Judaism, a Trustee of the Center for Israel Education, and has served as an adviser to the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations.
DR. MARK GOLDFEDER
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