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    Prof. Dr. Eyal Benvenisti: International Law on War and Peace “From the River to the Sea”

    7:00 pmLecture Hall, top floor, Juridicum, Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Vienna

    Words of Greeting:

    Prof. Dr. Brigitte Zöchling-Jud, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Vienna
    Prof. Dr. Mitchell G. Ash, President, Center for Israel Studies Vienna

    Moderator: Prof. Dr. Ursula Kriebaum, Department of European, International, and
    Comparative Law, University of Vienna

    Registration until 25 April 2024, 24:00h (12 midnight) is mandatory:

    ID check (passport or ID card) at the entrance, please bring your registration confirmation.

    The on-going war in the Middle East is multifaceted. It encompasses the struggle between the Zionist movement seeking to establish refuge for the Jews in their ancient homeland and the Palestinian people resisting losing theirs. Additionally, there is a battle between extremists on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian divide seeking to undermine the materialization of the two states vision. The far-reaching implications of this conflict challenge the existing international legal framework. International law is often invoked to temper these disputes. However, this too has become a battleground in both the academic and the political spheres, as seen most recently in the debates surrounding the complaint against Israel now being adjudicated at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. In this lecture, Professor Benvenisti will discuss some of the pivotal legal issues involved.

    Eyal Benvenisti is the Whewell Professor of International Law at the University of Cambridge since 2016, and was the Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law there until 2024. He is Member of the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities and of the Institut de droit international. A Co-Editor of the British Yearbook of International Law, he served on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of International Law (2009-2018). He has held visiting professorships at the law schools at Harvard, Columbia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Toronto and Yale, and in July 2024 will deliver the General Course at The Hague Academy of International Law.
    Selected recent publications: Occupation in International Law, (Oxford University Press, 2022, with Eliav Lieblich); and Between Fragement and Democracy: the Role of National and International Courts. (Cambridge University Press, 2017, with George W. Downs).

    Cooperation with the Department of European, International, and Comparative Law, University of Vienna

    With the support of:  The Austrian Israeli Society