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Prof Michelle Pace at 'Oslo at 25: A Legacy of Broken Promises'

Panel/Topic: Oslo and the Negation of International Law

Address by Prof Michelle Pace at MEMO’s ‘Oslo at 25: A Legacy of Broken Promises’ conference held in London on September 29, 2018.

Pace is Professor with special responsibilities in EU-MENA relations at Roskilde University in Denmark. She is also Honorary Professor in Politics and International Studies at the University of Birmingham in the UK. She is Principal Investigator on a Carlsberg Foundation-funded project on “The Struggle of State-Building in Palestine: Exploring ‘State-less’-Society Relations in the West Bank” and Danish lead partner on an EU H2020 funded project, SIRIUS, on skills and integration of migrants, refugees and asylum applicants in European labour markets. Her book (with Somdeep Sen) on The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank: the Theatrics of Woeful Statecraft will be published in 2019.

PANEL: Oslo and the Negation of International Law

Although the process was based on the formula of ‘land for peace’, it was clear Israel was not prepared to withdraw from the territories occupied in 1967. Because none of the documents referred to Israel as the occupying power, or the applicability of international humanitarian law to the territories, Oslo’s approach to the permanent status issues were based on Israeli imperatives.

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