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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The politics of water access under occupation: is international law sufficient?

In an era of “Trump’s Israel,” complete so far with uninhibited settlement expansion and an emboldened Israeli right, the Palestinian water crisis in the West Bank and Gaza is set to worsen.

Trump is creating a real threat to security by trumpeting a false one

The order is not only morally reprehensible and legally problematic; it is also strategically irresponsible and will create real security risks for the United States.

Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria: an argument for protecting humanitarian law in US politics

The extremist goals of those who seek to abolish such laws reflect a deeply problematic ideology, in which guilt by association is a celebrated norm.

Recolonising international law: Israel’s naval blockade against Gaza

Israel invokes the privileges of engaging in international armed conflict but denies Palestinians their corresponding entitlements under the same body of law. This is the colonial nature of Israel’s legal logic.

International legal obligation to end trade with settlements

If the political will to bring about justice and peace is lacking, the answer lies in international law. Ending state trade with Israeli settlements is not an economic sanction, but a legal obligation.

Palestine: the lost cause?

The Iron Wall of Jabotinsky has to be torn down, and it can only be torn down through long term civil and ideological struggles against this heritage of Zionism, with the Palestinians living inside the green line playing a crucial part.

Will governments ever obey their own law?

As governments are so infrequently held accountable for their actions, is there any reason why they wouldn't try and circumvent the very laws they hold in place?

Is Britain really so against chemical weapons?

Does the West have any moral right to interfere with the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons when they facilitated the manufacture of them?

On the “legitimacy” of the colonization of the Palestinian territories

The commonly propagated support for Israeli settlement of the Palestinian territories is based on a selective use of the history of the region, as well as a problematic interpretation of international law and on the exploitation of a powerful feeling: fear.

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