Courting Controversy: Questioning the (Il)legitimacy of the Israeli Supreme Court

Image may be subject to copywrightThursday, 24 May,19:00-21:00, Rm B104,Brunei Building, SOAS.

A joint event hosted by SOASIS & the Sir Joseph Hotung Programme for Law, Human Rights and Peace Building in the Middle East.

Israel’s Supreme Court is unique.  Alongside its role at the apex of Israel’s legal system, for the past 40 years it has also exercised judicial authority over the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt).  In this capacity, it has provided the Palestinian population with its only judicial remedy for grievances against the Israeli administration that governs their daily lives under belligerent occupation.  While the Supreme Court functions to uphold the political, social and legal welfare of Israel and its population, it is also responsible for ensuring that the rule of law is observed within the oPt.  This has created tensions within the Court and also within the societies it serves.  In light of which, the legitimacy of the Court has been called into question on both sides of the Green Line.

The SOAS Israel Society, together with the team of legal experts from the Sir Joseph Hotung Programme for Law, Human Rights and Peace Building in the Middle East, will hold an informal seminar on the ramifications of the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction over the oPt, on both Palestinian and Israeli societies. Please join our discussion, as we attempt to unpack the role, differing expectations, and conflicts of the Court, and what this means for the current political arena over which it holds power.

Speakers:

Professor Iain Scobbie, Alon Margalit, and Sarah Hibbin, Sir Jospeph Hotung Programme for Law, Human Rights and Peace Building in the Middle East

Chair: Sharri Plonski, SOASIS

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