Legal Issues of the Middle East Peace Process: The Challenge of Jerusalem (2 hrs.) -- QP
This law school course will consider legal issues related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with special reference to the problem of Jerusalem. At least three weeks will be devoted to legal issues related to the juridical status of Jerusalem. We will consider the primary texts beginning with the Balfour Declaration and progressing through the relevant un resolutions, Israeli laws and regulations. We will analyze international agreements that may bear on Jerusalem including the UNESCO and Hague conventions and bi-lateral treaties such as the Vatican-Israel Fundamental Agreement and the Jordan-Israel Peace Accord. Another two weeks will focus on legal issues related to Holy Places. We will also review legal issues related to the Israeli “occupation” of the West Bank and will read the ICJ and Israeli supreme court “Wall” opinions as they relate to Jerusalem. Other issues to be addressed include those related to the ‘holy basin,’ the legal status of the Arab minority, city planning proposals to extend and expand the city both eastwards and westwards, and economic and political issues. We will consider analogous problems related to ‘divided cities’ such as Berlin and Belfast as well as examples of international administration, and divided and shared sovereignty. students will write a qualifying course paper on some aspect of Jerusalem. The course will meet the “elective” requirements for the comparative and International Law Institute. Graduate students from political science and religious studies will be allowed to take the course under appropriate university regulations. Mr. Breger.