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Israel on Trial – Session 5 – A new approach

This 5-part course aims to give insight into the way international law is used and abused by different actors in relation to the Israel/Palestine conflict. In each session, a panel of experts will give short presentations. These will be followed by Q&A and discussion.
Israel on Trial – Session 5 – A new approach


The European Leadership Network (ELNET) and The Hague Initiative for International Cooperation (thinc.) partner to offer a leadership training seminar to all organizations which advocate for Israel. 

The objective of the course is to empower professionals and the leadership of civil society and non-profit organisations to discern lawfare from the fair application of international law to Israel and the Israel/Palestine conflict, and to defend Israel in the international political arena.

The program is open to anyone who wants to champion the fair application of international law to Israel, the Jewish people and the peoples of the Middle East generally.

The course will also make clear that the way Israel is treated, by the UN and others, has ramifications and implications for other peoples and territories in the Middle East and beyond – positive and negative.

This online program is developed by thinc. in cooperation with ELNET. It comprises 5 sessions. The first session took place on 23 September. Session 3 is scheduled for 10 Novemober. In each session, a panel of experts will give short presentations. These will be followed by Q&A and discussion.

All sessions start at 4 pm CET.

Duration: 90 mins.

Click here for a complete course overview including dates and speakers.

Course material

The program follows the outline of the book Israel on Trial by Dr Matthijs de Blois and Andrew Tucker. Participants may order the book directly by email to [email protected] for the special price of € 25 including postage.

Session 5, 9 December – A new approach

The Middle East changes; what are the challenges facing international law in the pursuit of peace and security in the Middle East? What lessons can be learned from the way international law is interpreted and applied to the Israel-Palestine conflict? What is the way forward, and does international law provide answers to this intractable conflict?

Topics include:

  • Israel, the Middle East and the future of International Criminal Law
  • The Middle East and the ending of wars
  • Peace based on cooperation: the implications of the Abraham Accords for resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict



Mrs Yael Vias Gvirsman studied International Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law at Utrecht University with honours. She has specialized in International Criminal Law and has experience as a litigator in Prosecution, Defense and the representation of victims of international terrorism. 
Yael heads the International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic at the Harry Radzyner Law School of IDC Herzliya.

Dr Daphné Richemond-Barak is Assistant Professor in the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya, where she heads the International Program in Government. She also serves as Senior Researcher and Head of the International Law Desk at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), and as an Adjunct Scholar at the Modern War Institute at West Point. Her multi-disciplinary research covers the intersection of international relations, international law, policy, and security studies.

Daniel Taub

Amb. Daniel Taub is an Israeli diplomat, international lawyer and writer of British origin. He served as Israel’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2011 to 2015. Daniel is director of strategy and planning at the Yad Hanadiv (Rothschild) Foundation in Jerusalem. He is an expert in international law, with specializations in counter-terrorism and the laws of war.
Daniel has served as legal adviser to Israel’s missions to the UN in New York and Geneva. He represented Israel before the UN investigative committee on the Gaza flotilla, and negotiated the entry of Israel’s Red Cross, Magen David Adom, into the International Red Cross, after 70 years of exclusion.


Mr Andrew Tucker studied law in Australia, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands. He was a Fellow of the Law Faculty of the University of Melbourne from 1994 to 2001, and Research Associate at the TMC Asser Institute in The Hague from 1996-1998. 

Andrew was Legal Counsel to the European Coalition for Israel (ECI) from 2010-2019. He is co-founder and Director of thinc. (2017), and co-author of ‘Israel on Trial’, Soest (NLD), thinc. (2018).


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