Doing Business in Occupied Territories
Featuring Eugene Kontorovich, Professor of Law, Northwestern University and Fellow at The Lawfare Project
This seminar provides vital new information for resisting Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) efforts. One of the main arguments behind the BDS movement and growing European – and possibly American – sanctions against Israel is that international law forbids any economic contact with occupied territories.
Even if such a characterization of Judea and Samaria were correct, there is in fact no such prohibition on doing business with such territories.
Professor Kontorovich will present the result of a comprehensive study based on extensive state practice and judicial opinion. Indeed, European countries have been at the forefront of economic involvement in occupied territories, such as Western Sahara and Northern Cyprus, and in the elaborating legal justifications for such
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Professor Eugene Kontorovich teaches at Northwestern University School of Law and Tel Aviv University.
He specializes in constitutional and international law and is one of the world’s pre-eminent experts on international law and the Israel-Arab conflict. Professor Kontorovich is regularly called upon to advise legislators and cabinet members in the U.S., Israel and Europe on questions pertaining to Israel and international law. He has served as a consultant for the U.S. Defense Department, written Supreme Court briefs in the Jerusalem passport case and his scholarship has been cited in leading international law cases in the U.S. and abroad. A widely sought-after lecturer, Professor Kontorovich regularly briefs visiting European and American legislators and celebrities on their trips to Israel, as well as speaking to universities, synagogues, Jewish and professional groups in the U.S. and Europe.
His scholarship has been published in leading academic journals and his expertise is often sought out and quoted by major news organizations such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR News, Associated Press, LA Times, and numerous television and radio programs. Prof. Kontorovich’s writings on Israel have appeared in the Wall Street
Journal, Jerusalem Post, and numerous other publications, and he writes regularly for Commentary and Washington Post blogs.
He has been honored with a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, in 2011-12, and with the Federalist Society’s prestigious Bator Award, given annually to a young scholar (under 40), for outstanding scholarship and teaching.
He attended the University of Chicago for college and law school, and ultimately taught there. After law school, he clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In a previous career, he was a newspaperman at Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, and for many years at the Forward, where he reported from New York, Washington, Israel and Lebanon.
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