International Law and the Israel-Palestine Conflict

A 2-week program on the role of International Law in conflict resolution

21 June – 3 July 2020





A critical consideration of the role of International Law and the international community in promoting peaceful resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict.


Set up

The program will provide students, graduates and (young) professionals insight into the legal complexities, historic background and factual context of the “Israel-Palestine” conflict, and the various approaches of International Law taken by the protagonists and the international community.

After the Summer School the participants will be able to

  1. analyze and assess the legal aspects of international disputes, especially in the Middle East,
  2. understand the various claims of Israel and the Palestinians, and their use of International Law to enforce and gain support for these claims,
  3. understand the different approaches taken by legal academics and international institutions to these claims under International Law, and
  4. as a result, better understand the possibilities – and limitations – of International Law in facilitating the resolution of international conflicts.



The curriculum comprises:

  • lectures – on key aspects of International Law
  • excursions – fact finding missions into the field
  • seminars – application of International Law to the conflict
  • workshops – to process what has been learned.

The excursions play an important role throughout the program as these provide the context in which the law is applied.

The seminars follow up the lectures and excursions, and focus on the most important aspects of the conflict in their respective contexts – historic, cultural, military and religious. Planned seminars include, inter alia:

  • The influence of religion on law and policy
  • Who owns Jerusalem (today)?
  • Is Israel’s settlement policy illegal?
  • The role of the UN institutions and the ICC in relation to the Israel-Palestine conflict’.

The seminars will be presented by leading academics in the field.


For whom?

The School is open to academic students, graduates and professionals. The required entry level of academic students is a minimum of completion of two years of university studies (Bachelor’s Degree, JD or Master’s program) or similar in International Law and/or International Relations, including a course in Public International Law. A limited number of seats will be available to non-legal participants.


Program leaders and tutors

  • Dr. Matthijs de Blois – Assistant Professor Emeritus, University of Utrecht
  • Prof. Dr. Li-ann Thio – Provost Chair Professor of Law, National University of Singapore
  • Andrew Tucker – Director, The Hague Initiative for International Co-operation



The program is in its final stage of construction. Click here for a regularly updated draft version of the program. If you need specific information or wish to pre-register, you’re invited to send an email to


Lecturers include:

  • Prof. Amichai Cohen (Israel Democracy Institute)
  • Dr. Petra Heldt
  • Prof. Eugene Kontorovich (George Mason University)
  • Dr. Tamar Hostovsky Brandes (ONO University)
  • Adv. Pnina Sharvit Baruch (Head of Program on Law and National Security, Institute for National Security Studies)
  • Lt. Col. (res) Maurice Hirsch (Former Director of the Military Prosecution in Judea and Samaria)
  • Ms. Marlene Mazel (Director Foreign & Counter-terrorism Litigation Department in the Israeli Ministry of Justice)
  • Ms. Anne Herzberg (Legal Adviser, NGO Monitor)
  • Prof. Robbie Sabel (Hebrew University)
  • Adv. Calev Myers
  • Prof. Avi Bell (Bar Ilan University, San Diego Law School)
  • Dr. Leonard Hammer (Hebrew University, Arizona Law School)
  • Dr. Mordechai Kedar (Bar Ilan University)
  • Adv. Yifa Segal (International Legal Forum)


Program fee

The program fee will be approximately US$ 3,000 (incl. lodging/excl. flights). Specific sponsorship programs will become available.

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