Settlements, International Law, and Prospects for Peace

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Natasha Hausdorff
Director of UK Lawyers for Israel

There are perhaps few better examples of where politics and international law converge or where legal and political issues are conflated to such an extent. The words “illegal settlements” inextricably linked with “illegal occupation”, are frequently and forcefully invoked as the lynchpin of settlement criticism. An objective analysis of the legal position on settlements requires examination of the status of the territory and the relevant treaty and customary provisions of international law, as well as an assessment of the treatment of settlement projects in genuine situations of occupation around the world.