UKLFI Charitable Trust is not aligned with any particular political viewpoint or party in the UK or Israel. The talks we arrange are for educational purposes. They should not be taken as representing the views of UKLFI Charitable Trust as an organisation.
Counter-BDS Legislation in the United States
Counter-BDS Legislation in the United States with Dr Mark Goldfeder and Natasha Hausdorff. Some 35 US States have now adopted State legislation imposing various penalties on participants in boycotts of Israel, including boycotts organised by non-State actors. As a result of this legislation, and following multiple law suits in different States, Airbnb retracted a decision to stop providing its services in Israeli communities beyond the Green Line. On the other hand, some of the State laws have been challenged in US Courts as unconstitutional. In addition, Federal legislation, originally adopted in the 1970s, remains in force, imposing penalties on US persons participating in economic boycotts by other countries, such as the Arab League boycott of Israel. Dr Mark Goldfeder is a leading expert on counter- BDS legislation.
Proportionality in Armed Conflict
Professor Geoffrey Corn discusses Proportionality in Armed Conflict with Natasha Hausdorff. The rule of proportionality in armed conflict is widely misunderstood and frequently misrepresented in criticisms of Israel. Some people wrongly assume that military actions are “disproportionate” if they result in more casualties than those suffered by the country whose army is conducting them. But the rule of customary international law is quite different: it is that an attack should not be launched if it may be expected to cause civilian casualties or damage to civilian objects which would be excessive in relation to the anticipated military advantage. In this webinar, Professor Geoffrey Corn, a leading expert on the subject, discusses the application of the rule and other pertinent issues of the law of armed conflict with UKLFI Charitable Trust’s Legal Director, Natasha Hausdorff.
UN Resolutions and the ICC
UN Resolutions and the ICC - With Anne Herzberg of NGO Monitor. and Natasha Hausdorff .
The International Criminal Court extensively relies on UN documentation, resolutions, and statements to support factual and legal claims. In investigations relating to Israel such materials have been used to replace factual and legal analysis on the basis that they represent the “views of the international community”. The webinar will explore the ways in which the ICC is using UN materials with a focus on the “Situation in Palestine”, how such documentation is created, and whether the ICC should rely on these records.
Sheikh Jarrah - The Property Dispute
“Sheikh Jarrah: the Property Dispute” With Prof. Avi Bell and Natasha Hausdorff. Arabs have rioted in Jerusalem and Israel has been blamed. A Jewish organisation is seeking the eviction of Palestinians occupying some buildings in the Shimon haTzadik neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah a short distance north of the Old City in Jerusalem. This webinar will explain the legal background to this property dispute which any assessment of rights or wrongs should take into account.
The UN’s Durban Programme: what is it and how should the UK respond?
“The UN’s Durban Programme: what is it and how should the UK respond?” With Prof. Anne Bayefsky and Baroness Ruth Deech and Chaired by Sam Green. The World Conference against Racism held in Durban in 2001 was notorious for the efforts made to treat Zionism as racism. The UN General Assembly has decided to hold a 20th anniversary commemoration of the Durban conference that will take place in New York in September. World leaders will be asked to call for the “full and effective implementation” of the 2001 Durban Declaration. What should the UK do?
Terrorist Minds - The Psychology of Terrorism with Dr Sagit Yehoshua, criminologist and chaired by Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC
Palestinian Healthcare - Whose Responsibility
Palestinian Healthcare - Whose Responsibility? Recording of a webinar with Professor Eugene Kontorovich and Natasha Hausdorff, who investigate who is responsible for the healthcare of Palestinians under the Oslo Accords and International Law.
Fighting Terrorists while respecting International Law
featuring Col. (ret) Adv. Pnina Sharvit Baruch, from Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies, Col. (ret) Richard Kemp CBE, former British Army officer and Chair: Natasha Hausdorff, UKLFI Director
A discussion about the challenges facing moral armies when confronting terrorists, while seeking to avoid civilian casualties and comply with international law.
The Abraham Accords
The Abraham Accords – Legal Effects and Opportunities
with Rodolphe Pellerin, Attorney based in Dubai and Daniel Reisner, International Lawyer from Israel. Chairman: Jonathan Lux
What are the legal effects of the Abraham Accords? What consequences will flow for legal work and commercial opportunities? How will the agreements affect the development of society in Israel, UAE, Bahrain and the rest of the Middle East? What effect will the US election results have on these developments?
Ensuring Fair Treatment of Israel in International Tribunals
Ensuring Fair Treatment of Israel in International Tribunals with HE Daniel Taub. Interviewer : Natasha Hausdorff
To Whom was the Promised Land Promised? - Professor Abraham Sion
To Whom was the Promised Land Promised? Prof. Abraham Sion has recently concluded a 5-year research project examining documents from 1915 to 1922 bearing on the legal rights of the Jewish people under International Law to the territory of Mandatory Palestine. He discusses his research and legal analysis of international agreements, British Cabinet, Foreign Office and Colonial Office documents, as well as memoirs and treatises of those directly involved in making history from the period 1915 to 1922. Interviewer - Daniel Berke
Finding the balance: free speech and hate speech on the Internet” - MK Michal Cotler-Wunsh
Finding the balance: free speech and hate speech on the Internet” - A webinar with MK Michal Cotler-Wunsh interviewed by Joshua Kern.
Antisemitism, hate speech and incitement are a serious problem on social media. Should they be curtailed and if so how? Facebook is currently revising its policy on hate speech, and Twitter has been under attack for being slow to remove offensive remarks. MK Michal Cotler-Wunsh recently took Twitter to task at a Knesset hearing concerning the growing antisemitism on social media. She commented “Twitter just admitted that tweets calling for genocide against Jews by Iranian leaders DON’T violate its policy! This is a double standard. This is anti-Semitism.”
“The Application of Israeli Law in the United City of Jerusalem" with Fleur Hassan-Nahoum
A webinar discussion with Fleur Hassan-Nahoum on “The Application of Israeli Law in the United City of Jerusalem" . Interviewed by Natasha Hausdorff
The Battle over BDS - a webinar with Asher Fredmand and Sam Green
A webinar discussion with Asher Fredman on “The Battle over BDS - Trends, Lessons and Future Trajectories”. Interviewer: Sam Green.
Asher Fredman has written an extensive Report for the Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs, “The Battle over BDS” analysing the evolving strategies of both the BDS and counter-BDS networks as well as the external factors that may affect the trajectory of the BDS campaign. His report examines two of the primary processes that have put BDS on the defensive: the exposure of links between BDS and anti-Semitism, and of links between BDS and terrorism, and looks at the implications for the counter-BDS community.
Trials of Palestine - a webinar with Steven Zipperstein and Jacob Turner
A webinar discussion with Steven Zipperstein on “Law and the Arab–Israeli Conflict - The Trials of Palestine” Interviewed by Jacob Turner. Steven Zipperstein has written a book about the major trials and inquiries during the Palestinian mandate (1922–1948), and how the law and lawyers were utilised by all sides (Arab, Jewish and British) to further their own objectives. Zipperstein’s fascinating research into seminal cases of the period sheds important light on the critical events and motivations of the parties which resulted in today's maps and disputes.
Natasha Hausdorff: Busting the Myths
PODCAST: UKLFI Director, Natasha Hausdorff answers questions on Israel’s proposals for applying civilian law in parts of Area C and responds to the misconceptions on the possible ramifications and the application of international law.
Mick Davies and Natasha Hausdorff on Norrice Lea Synagogue TV
Israel’s proposals on Area C of the West Bank – what does the law actually say?
Directors of UKLFI, solicitor Daniel Berke and barrister Natasha Hausdorff, discuss legal aspects of the current proposals to apply Israeli civilian law in parts of the West Bank and correct misunderstandings of international law in the debate.
Natasha Hausdorff on Israel and International Law
Natasha Hausdorff, director of UK Lawyers for Israel, interviewed by Maurice Cohen, Chair of the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland, on 1 June 2020 about Israel and International Law
Webinar - Propaganda in Schools
Join David Collier, Noru Tsalic, Marcus Sheff and Nomi Benari to discuss anti-Israel propaganda in UK schools, and what can be done about it. Moderator Jonathan Turner
Webinar - The War of Return
Dr Einat Wilf and Adi Schwartz discuss whether Palestinians have a legal and moral Right to Return in a UKLFI webinar, moderated by Natasha Hausdorff.
Webinar - Stopping Boycotts against Israel in Sport
A panel discussion with Simon Johnson –Jewish Leadership Council , Sam Green - UK Lawyers for Israel, Jonathan Turner – UK Lawyers for Israel, Chaired by Jonny Gould - TV, Radio and Podcast broadcaster
Webinar - The International Criminal Court and its Threat to Prosecute Israelis
A panel discussion with Jonathan Turner - UK Lawyers for Israel Yifa Segal - The International Legal Forum Gerard Filitti - The Lawfare Project Anne Herzberg - NGO Monitor Moderator: Eran Teboul - Hetz for Israel
UKLFI disputes ICC jurisdiction 30 March 2020
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is considering whether it has territorial jurisdiction over East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on the ground that they are the territory of a supposed state of Palestine. In this video Jonathan Turner, chief executive of UKLFI, summarizes UKLFI's submission to the ICC, explaining that these areas cannot be the territory of a state of Palestine since Israel has the strongest entitlement to sovereignty .
Labour and Antisemitism - Where do we go from here? 21 January 2020
Euan Philipps, spokesperson of Labour Against Antisemitism (LAAS), Emma Picken, member of LAAS and Daniel Ornstein, Employment and Discrimination lawyer, discuss Labour and Antisemitism. Chaired by TV, radio presenter and Podcaster, Jonny Gould.
Naomi Linder Kahn of Israeli NGO Regavim discusses illegal land use on 1 December 2019
Naomi Linder Kahn of Israeli NGO Regavim discusses the problems of illegal construction and illegal land use and the efforts of Regavim to address them.
Adam Levick of CAMERA's UK Media Watch on 28 October 2019
Adam Levick of CAMERA's UK Media Watch spoke in London at a UKLFI Charitable Trust meeting on 28 October 2019.
UK Media Watch promotes fair and accurate coverage of Israel in the Media. Adam will speak about the challenges UK Media Watch faces in holding media outlets accountable to the accuracy clause of the Editors' Code of Practice, including those regulated by IPSO (like the Daily Mail, Telegraph and The Times) and those who opted out (such as the Guardian and Independent).
Adam Levick has served as Managing Editor of CAMERA's UK Media Watch since 2010. Adam has published reports on progressive antisemitism for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, and his op-eds have appeared in many publications.
Professor Raphael Cohen-Almagor 25 July 2019
Professor Raphael Cohen-Almagor speaks about 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 15 MAY 2019
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 - 2 MAY 2019
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:
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.