Lawfare or Warfare? Law, Adjudication and the Politics of Statehood in the Middle East |

Lawfare or Warfare? Law, Adjudication and the Politics of Statehood in the Middle East

Synopsis:

Blighted by numerous intra-state and inter-state wars since the end of colonialism, the application of international law across the Middle East is regarded by many scholars as exceptional or partial at best. Particularly in the wake of the US invasion of Iraq, many international lawyers have had to defend a discipline and a body of rules seemingly applied in the most selective way across the region. How to have states in the region been able to draw on international law in the post-colonial period to develop and enhance their statehood in the face of these indisputable illegalities? What role can law play in such a context of regular conflict? In particular, can adjudication enhance the legitimacy of statehood for such states? In this lecture, Michelle Burgis will explore both the liberating and limiting role that international law and adjudication have played for states in the Middle East with a particular emphasis on Arab territorial disputes brought before the International Court of Justice. Attempts to define boundaries will be compared and contrasted with more recent adjudicative efforts in the region, including the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the Islamic International Court of Justice. 

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Speaker(s):

Dr Michelle Burgis, Lecturer, University of St. Andrews, Scotland

Date:
Monday, 17 January 2011
Time:
5.15 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
Venue:

Seminar Room 3-1
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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