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Webinar recording on the ICJ and the Advisory Opinion on the Occupied Territories

Webinar recording on the ICJ and the Advisory Opinion on the Occupied Territories

The UN General Assembly’s Request for Advisory Opinion. Tune in to listen to this critical conversation between thinc.’s Andrew Tucker and its distinguished guests Prof. Gregory Rose and Jonathan Turner from UKLFI at 12PM (noon) CET.

At 7PM (CET) another webinar was held with the same questions as the mid-day webinar. Tune in to listen to this critical conversation between thinc.’s Andrew Tucker and its distinguished guests Prof. Steve Zipperstein from UCLA and Jonathan Turner from UKLFI.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is considering whether it will issue an “Advisory Opinion” about the “legal consequences” of Israel’s “prolonged occupation of occupied Palestinian territory”, and its associated “policies and practices”.

In December 2022, a group of 87 UN member states adopted UN General Assembly resolution 77/247 requesting the ICJ to issue an advisory opinion on the following questions:

(a) 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 the Holy City of Jerusalem, and from its adoption of related discriminatory legislation and measures?

(b) How do the policies and practices of Israel referred to in paragraph 18(a) above affect the legal status of the occupation, and what are the legal consequences that arise for all States and the United Nations from this status?” In 2023, 52 member states plus Palestine and three international organisations (League of Arab States, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and African Union) submitted written statements and observations to the Court. Many of them argued that the Court should issue an opinion that the occupation is illegal. They demand the “immediate”, “unconditional” and “total” end to the occupation – that is, the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all Israeli military and civilians from the entirety of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza.

Watch the webinars, the mid-day webinar:

And the evening webinar:

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