Monday, February 09, 2009

Workshop & Roundtable Discussion : The Legal Implications of the Recent War against Gaza

The Legal Research Society

Organised a Workshop and Roundtable Discussion on:

The Legal Implications of the Recent War against Gaza

Date: Friday, 13th February 2009

Time: 4 to 6 pm

Venue: New King’s 14

Can one legally speak of a holocaust or genocide committed by Israel? – What human rights violations are the Palestinians subjected to? – Are the Israeli attacks covered by the right to self-defense? – In legal terms, can Hamas be described as terrorists or as freedom fighters? – What does jihad mean under Islamic International Law? – Could Israel as a state or Israeli officials be held liable and be prosecuted for war crimes?

These and many other questions werediscussed by four panel speakers:

Mohamed Almagsoudi – PhD student in Human Rights Law

Nabahan Al-Ma’awali – PhD student in International Criminal law

Khaled Ramadan Bashir – PhD student in Islamic Contribution and International Law

Ahmed Samir Hassanein – PhD student in International Criminal law

Moreover, Prof. Tony Carty, who has extensively published in the area of International Law on the Use of Force and the anthropological and philosophical assumptions underlying it, participated by adding some valuable comments.

The workshop and discussion was moderated by Paula Herm, PhD student in International Law on the Use of Force.

We would be glad if as many as possible of you join us in this event which promises to be most enlightening and stimulating.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Movie: Occupation 101

On Wednesday 11th of February from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm in TAYLOR C11
(opposite to Taylor library entry) The Legal Research Society & The Egyptian Society will screen a movie titled “Occupation 101”

Did the conflict between Palestinian’s and Israeli’s start last December when Hamas fired its rockets on Israel or yet it has a deep rooted history?
The answer to this question and others are in 'Occupation 101'. Furthermore a roundtable discussion will take place on Friday 13th of February from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm to tackle the legal aspects which the last conflict between Israel and Hamas has provoked, the place TBA.

A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unlike any other film ever produced on the conflict -- 'Occupation 101' presents a comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the never ending controversy and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and misconceptions.

The film also details life under Israeli military rule, the role of the United States in the conflict, and the major obstacles that stand in the way of a lasting and viable peace. The roots of the conflict are explained through first-hand on-the-ground experiences from leading Middle East scholars, peace activists, journalists, religious leaders and humanitarian workers whose voices have too often been suppressed in American media outlets.

The film covers a wide range of topics -- which include -- the first wave of Jewish immigration from Europe in the 1880's, the 1920 tensions, the 1948 war, the 1967 war, the first Intifada of 1987, the Oslo Peace Process, Settlement expansion, the role of the United States Government, the second Intifada of 2000, the separation barrier and the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, as well as many heart wrenching testimonials from victims of this tragedy.

You are very welcome to come along.