2019 Videos

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Professor Raphael Cohen-Almagor 25 July 2019

Professor Raphael Cohen-Almagor speaks Legislating on Moral Issues in the Jewish State.  

How does Israel reconcile its liberal-democratic principles and Jewish Law (Halacha)? This lecture tells the fascinating story of one legislative process that aimed to address the wishes of patients at the end of life while taking into account principles of Jewish law that hold belief in God and qualified free will.

Prof. Cohen-Almagor is Professor/Chair in Politics, Founding Director of the Middle East Study Group, University of Hull, and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Faculty of Laws, University College London (UCL). He was a member of the national public committee that was tasked with legislating The Dying Patient Law (2005). He will explain the process that took place from inception to legislation.



Professor Yuval Shany speaks about Israel, Human Rights and Populism.  

Professor Shany holds the Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in International Law and was formerly Dean of the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the UN Human Rights Committee - an expert body monitoring compliance by 172 States with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

He is the Academic Chair of the Minerva Centre for Human Rights at the Hebrew University, and Vice President for Research at the Israel Democracy Institute. Since 2016, he has also coordinated the work of the Cyber-Law program in the International Cyber-Security Research Centre at the Hebrew University.

Prof. Shany received his LL.B. cum laude from the Hebrew University, LL.M. from New York University and Ph.D. in international law from the University of London.


Martin Blecher speaks about Israeli Settlements - Land Politics Beyond the Geneva Convention.

Martin explains the rationale behind decisions taken by the Israeli judiciary with regard to its settlement policies over the years. He believes Israeli settlements and land policies should be examined not simply through Article 49 of the 4th Geneva Convention but also through Article 43 of the Hague Regulations. Martin argues that British, Jordanian and Ottoman land laws should be considered in relation to the legal position of the settlements.

Martin Blecher is a political scientist based in Sweden. His articles have been published in the Jerusalem Post and Israel National News as well as in Swedish newspapers. He has written two books on Israel - the first was an anthology that contained views of proponents versus opponents to the two-state solution between Israel and Palestine. His second book is the subject of this talk.

Martin's book is available here:


2018 Videos

Mavi Marmara - Still Making Waves - by Lord David Trimble 26 September 2018

Lord Trimble reflects on the continuing relevance of the Public Commission to Examine the Maritime Incident of 31 May 2010. The Commission was set up by the Israeli Government to investigate the arrest of the Gaza flotilla and the controls imposed by Israel on the transfer of goods to Gaza. It was led by retired Israeli Supreme Court Judge Jacob Turkel and Lord Trimble was one of the two international observers.

Lord Trimble is former first Minister of Northern Ireland, one of UKLFI's patrons, and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

The Turkel Commission investigated whether Israel's actions in preventing the arrival of ships in Gaza were in accordance with international law. It examined the security considerations for imposing naval restrictions on the Gaza Strip and the actions taken by the organisers and participants in the flotilla. The first part of the findings, released in January 2011, concluded that both Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza and its actions when it intercepted the flotilla were in accordance with international law.

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