Book Launch Conversation "The ABC of the OPT“

19:00 Uhr
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,
Juristische Fakultät, Raum 213
Unter den Linden 9,
10099 Berlin

An event co-sponsored by the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg) and Recht im Kontext (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)


  • Michael Lynk, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Western University (London, Ontario, Canada), UN Special Rapporteur for the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territory Occupied since 1967
  • Orna Ben-Naftali, Rector, The College of Management Academic Studies; Emile Zola Chair for Human Rights
  • Charles Shamas, Senior Partner & Founder, Mattin Group, Ramalla
  • Yuval Shany, Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in Public International Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Chair: Anne Peters, Director, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Israel's half-a-century long rule over the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and some of its surrounding legal issues, have been the subject of extensive academic literature. Yet, to date, there has been no comprehensive, theoretically-informed, and empirically-based academic study of the role of various legal mechanisms, norms, and concepts in shaping, legitimizing, and responding to the Israeli control regime. The book that is being presented seeks to fill this gap, while shedding new light on the subject. Through the format of an A-Z legal lexicon, it critically reflects on, challenges, and redefines the language, knowledge, and practices surrounding the Israeli control regime. Taken together, the entries illuminate the relation between global and local forces - legal, political, and cultural - in Israel and Palestine. The study of the terms involved provides insights that are relevant to other situations elsewhere in the world, particularly with regard to belligerent occupation, the law's role in relation to state violence, and justice.

This Book Launch Conversation shall introduce and critically discuss the work of the authors, and reflect upon overarching questions and challenges linking the concrete situation(s) of the OPT to broader landscapes of international law.