SSC Seminar Series: Ardi Imseis (Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen's University)

Beyond Surveillance: Settler Colonialism and the Fragmentation and Control of Occupied Palestine

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Mackintosh Corry Hall D411


Since 1967, Israel has held the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) in a state of belligerent occupation. Although occupation is meant to be a temporary condition under which the occupying power may not claim sovereignty over the territory occupied, Israel has openly pursued a series of actions designed to impose its sovereignty over the territory in a manner fundamentally at odds with international legal norms, including the obligation that it respect the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and refrain from imposing a regime of racial discrimination on the Palestinian people. This lecture discusses some of the multifarious means by which Israel’s “temporary” 51-year occupation of the OPT has been maintained. It demonstrates that far from mere surveillance, Israel’s actions in the OPT are driven by ongoing settler colonialism, fragmentation and control. 

About the Speaker:

Ardi Imseis is Assistant Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University. Between 2002 and 2014, he served in senior legal and policy capacities with the United Nations in the Middle East and is a former Senior Legal Counsel to the Chief Justice of Alberta. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Palestine Yearbook of International Law and his scholarship has appeared in a wide array of international journals. He recently completed a Ph.D. in Politics and International Studies at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and holds an LL.M. (Columbia), LL.B. (Dalhousie), and B.A. (Hons.) (Toronto).

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