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Panel discussion on the Middle East

Gaza, Israel and the legal aspects of the 2014 conflict

Seton Hall Law was the first law school to address the 2014 Middle East conflict from a legal standpoint

The Arab Law Students Association, the International Law Society, and the Muslim Law Students Association, were honored to hold an event dedicated to understanding the legal implications and undertones behind the attacks that transpired in Gaza, Palestine and Israel this past summer 2014.

Seton Hall Law was the first law school in the country to address the issue from a legal standpoint and it was highly praised by many of the greatest international law and Palestinian/Israeli experts in the field including Professor and UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk, Professor William Schabas, and Professor Rashid Khalidi, to name a few.

The event featured the following panelists: Professor Hamid Abdeljaber, Rutgers Professor and UN expert; Ms. Sarah Leah Whitson, Human Rights Watch’s Executive Director for the Middle East and North African Division; and Mr. Eran Efrati, a former Israeli Defense Force soldier and current Israeli military and arms specialist.

The event was moderated by Seton Hall’s Professor Mark Denbeaux and was attended by 60 students, faculty, and alum. The panelists discussed issues such as the implications of the laws of war in urban warfare, the importance of adhering to international humanitarian law, the relevant parties’ violations of international law, and specific factual accounts of events that transpired during the summer months.

The attendees were also treated to authentic Middle Eastern cuisine catered by Al-Basha Restaurant in Paterson, NJ. Our guest speakers and attendees were all very pleased by the event, the structural organization of the panel, and the law school’s hospitality. The participating organizations thank Seton Hall’s Professor Kristen Boon for her guidance.