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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, or is the EU itself distorting 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 see if the EU’s labeling policy regarding products from these territories can stand the test of international law. The speakers are recognised experts in this field, including Adv. Jonathan Turner (UK), Prof. Eugene Kontorovich (Israel/US) and representatives from the EU/Brussels.

 

Program

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.
  • Development of Europe’s ‘two-state’ policy between 1960 – 1980 – Andrew Tucker, thinc.
  • Why the EU considers the territories to be “Palestinian” – Representative of the EU/EEAS

Intermezzo The Legal Network Initiative – Jonathan Heuberger/Yifa Segal

Session 2 Labeling of products from the “Occupied Palestinian Territories” (OPT)

  • 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.

Speakers

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