The Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (the Goldstone Report) has given rise to sharp disagreements about the operation of international humanitarian law in modern asymmetric warfare. Two legal experts will offer divergent opinions and exchange views on legal aspects of Israel's 2009 military intervention into the Gaza Strip.
Moderator: Lucy F. Reed, President, ASIL and Commissioner, Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission
Abraham Bell, University of San Diego School of Law Omar Dajani, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of law
Abraham Bell is a professor of law whose scholarship focuses on property, international law, and economic analysis of the law.
Professor Bell clerked for Justice Mishael Cheshin of the Supreme Court of Israel, as well as in the High Court of Justice Department of Israel's State Attorney's office. He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Connecticut Law School and Fordham University Law School.
Omar Dajani is a Palestinian-American professor and former member of the Palestine Liberation Organization's Negotiations Support Unit.
In 1999, he left the United States to join the Palestine Liberation Organization's Negotiations Support Unit, where he worked as a senior legal advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team. In 2001, Dajani left his post at the PLO to take a position as a political advisor to United Nations Special Envoy Terje Rad-Larsen, which he held until 2003. Dajani is currently an Associate Professor of Law at the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law.
Lucy F. Reed
Lucy F. Reed is a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, LLP. Reed is a specialist in international commercial arbitration, particularly in investment treaty disputes. As an arbitrator, she has served on the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission and as co-director of the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland (the Holocaust tribunal).
Ms. Reed is one of five attorneys nationwide to be named a tier one international arbitration practitioner by Chambers USA (2006). In 2001, she lectured on private international law at The Hague Academy of International Law.
Ms. Reed was the first general counsel of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization and, while with the U.S. State Department, was the U.S. agent to the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal and deputy assistant legal adviser for international claims and investment disputes. She received her BA magna cum laude from Brown University and her JD from the University of Chicago Law School (1977), where she was a member of the Law Review.
Dr. Abraham Bell, professor of Law at Bar-Ilan University, addresses the question of whether or not Gaza is an occupied territory. He concludes that Gaza is not occupied, on the basis that an occupied territory must have had "independent prior sovereignty."