UKLFI Charitable Trust

Will Another ICJ Advisory Opinion on Israel Help or Hinder Peace?

UKLFI Charitable Trust held a webinar on “Will Another ICJ Advisory Opinion on Israel Help or Hinder Peace?” with Prof. Orde Kittrie, chaired by Natasha Hausdorff on Tuesday 19 September.

The UN General Assembly has asked the International Court of Justice to give an advisory opinion on “What are the legal consequences arising from the ongoing violation by Israel of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, from its prolonged occupation, settlement and annexation of the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of … Jerusalem, and from its adoption of related discriminatory legislation and measures?” and
“How do the policies and practices of Israel referred to … above affect the legal status of the occupation”.

The Court’s response could mean the end of the “land for peace” formula and the political process envisaged by the Oslo Accords. Professor Orde Kittrie discusses the prospects with Natasha Hausdorff in this webinar.

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More about the speakers:

Professor Orde Kittrie is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a Professor of Law at Arizona State University, based at their Washington, DC campus.

Kittrie previously served in legal and policy positions at the U.S. Department of State, in which capacity he helped negotiate five U.S.-Russia nuclear agreements and a UN treaty to combat nuclear terrorism.  In 2021, Kittrie was awarded the Serge Lazareff Prize, presented by NATO for exceptional contributions to it in the legal arena.

Kittrie is a leading expert on international law, particularly as it relates to the Middle East.   The U.S. Military Academy (West Point) published in August an article by him titled The Pending Israel-Palestine ICJ Advisory Opinion: Threats to Legal Principles and Security.

He is also the author of Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War (OUP 2016)

Natasha Hausdorff is a barrister at 6 Pump Court Chambers and a frequent speaker on International Law. She has a law degree from Oxford University, qualified as a solicitor at Skadden, and subsequently gained an LLM from Tel Aviv University, focussing on public international law and the law of armed conflict.

She clerked for Miriam Naor, President of Israel’s Supreme Court, and was a Fellow at Columbia Law School’s National Security Program. Natasha is legal director of UKLFI Charitable Trust.