Connections Episode 80
The United Nations, International Law, and Palestine
Mouin Rabbani Interviews Ardi Imseis
On Tuesday, 5 December, Jadaliyya co-editor Mouin Rabbani spoke with Ardi Imseis about the role of the United Nations and international law in responding to ongoing developments in Palestine. This episode of Connections examines the function of international institutions and a legalistic approach to accountability as Israel continues a campaign of genocide in Gaza.
Connections offers timely and informative interviews on current events and broader policy questions, as well as themes relevant to knowledge production. It combines journalism, analysis, and scholarship.
Dr. Ardi Imseis is an Assistant Professor of Law, Queen’s University. Between 2019-2021 he served as a Member of the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen, the UN Human Rights Council commission of inquiry mandated to investigate violations of international human rights and humanitarian law in the civil war in Yemen. Between 2002 and 2014, he served in senior legal and policy capacities with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East in the Middle East, as well as a short period with the United Nations high Commission for Refugees in Egypt. He has provided expert testimony in his personal capacity before various high-level bodies, including the UN Security Council, and to members of the UK House of Lords and the French Senate. His scholarship has appeared in a wide array of international journals, including the American Journal of International Law, the European Journal of International Law, the Harvard International Law Journal, and the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies. Professor Imseis is former Editor-in-Chief of the Palestine Yearbook of International Law(Brill; 2008-2019), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellow and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Human Rights Fellow, Columbia Law School. His book, The United Nations and the Question of Palestine: Rule by Law and the Structure of International Legal Subalter
Mouin Rabbani has published and commented widely on Palestinian affairs, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the contemporary Middle East. He was previously Senior Analyst Middle East and Special Advisor on Israel-Palestine with the International Crisis Group, and head of political affairs with the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria. He is Co-Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine.