Event Title

International Legal Norm Mobilization in Israel: Meaningful Pressure or Cheap Talk?

Presenter Information

Molly Robertson, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 241

Start Date

30-4-2015 1:00 PM

End Date

30-4-2015 2:25 PM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

Consistent failure to make progress in the peace process between Israel and Palestine has resulted in the Palestinian Authority (PA) seeking alternative methods of achieving statehood. Currently, the dominant strategy has been gaining access to international Institutions such as the U.N. and more recently, the International Criminal Court (ICC). The theoretical benefit of joining international legal institutions like the ICC is that Palestinians may be able to hold Israelis accountable for violations of international law, ultimately gaining ground in the battle for statehood. The efficacy of such a plan relies on the capacity of international legal institutions, and the norms they promote, to pressure Israel to alter policies. My research uses three case studies of international legal intervention in Israel to determine the factors that promote and inhibit legal compliance. The investigated cases include the Committee Against Tortures report on Israeli interrogation methods, the International Court of Justices Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Separation Barrier, and the Goldstone Report on potential war crimes committed during the 2008 Gaza Conflict. From my findings I am able to speculate on the potential of the PAs strategy, and the likely outcome of an ICC intervention in Israel.

Faculty Sponsor

Sandy Maisel

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Government Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1056

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Apr 30th, 1:00 PM Apr 30th, 2:25 PM

International Legal Norm Mobilization in Israel: Meaningful Pressure or Cheap Talk?

Diamond 241

Consistent failure to make progress in the peace process between Israel and Palestine has resulted in the Palestinian Authority (PA) seeking alternative methods of achieving statehood. Currently, the dominant strategy has been gaining access to international Institutions such as the U.N. and more recently, the International Criminal Court (ICC). The theoretical benefit of joining international legal institutions like the ICC is that Palestinians may be able to hold Israelis accountable for violations of international law, ultimately gaining ground in the battle for statehood. The efficacy of such a plan relies on the capacity of international legal institutions, and the norms they promote, to pressure Israel to alter policies. My research uses three case studies of international legal intervention in Israel to determine the factors that promote and inhibit legal compliance. The investigated cases include the Committee Against Tortures report on Israeli interrogation methods, the International Court of Justices Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Separation Barrier, and the Goldstone Report on potential war crimes committed during the 2008 Gaza Conflict. From my findings I am able to speculate on the potential of the PAs strategy, and the likely outcome of an ICC intervention in Israel.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/304