In its "Meet our authors" campaign, a Newcastle (UK) based Cambridge Scholars Publishing classified a book entitled "Palestine Membership in the United Nations: Legal and Practical Implications" edited by Dr Mutaz Qafisheh, Dean of the Hebron University College of Law & Political Science, as the book of the month of June 2015. The book (453 pages, hardcover, with index) was first published in 2013. It comprises a series of papers written by leading international scholars from universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, London, Geneva, Princeton, George Town, Ohio, Florida, Al-Quds, and Hebron. These papers are the outcome of an international conference organized at the campus of Hebron University in April 2012.
This book aims to bridge the scientific gap that exists with regard to Palestine’s membership of the UN as a State. It deals with complex issues of representation and the confusing situation of citizenship, given the multiple residential circumstances in which Palestinians are forced to live, are explored with unsurpassed clarity. This invaluable contribution to the scholarly literature offers an ideal point of departure for understanding the core issues as they exist at this time. In this volume, Dr Qafisheh and eighteen other contributors go beyond the direct implications of Palestinian statehood within the UN to consider the prospects for a resolution of one of the longest conflicts in history. The book consists of three parts. Part I presents the framework of Palestine’s UN membership, its legal and political foundations, its implications for PLO representation, Palestinian refugees and population status, and its impact on concerned parties. Part II focuses on selected issues that arise in relation to Palestine’s UN membership, including human rights, humanitarian law, international criminal law, prisoners, Jerusalem, water and the accession to the WTO. Part III connects the history with future solutions for Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Dr Qafisheh, Associate Professor of International Law, received his PhD in from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Before joining Hebron University in 2010, he has worked as Human Rights Officer at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Beirut and Ramallah; Regional Director of Penal Reform International, Middle East and North Africa, Amman; Director of Security Sector Reform at Birzeit University; Director of Legal Education at Palestinian Law Schools, Al-Quds; Legal Advisor to the Palestinian Parliament; and Co-Founder of the Human Rights Program at Al-Quds-Bard Honors College, Jerusalem-New York. He has authored and edited seven books, including "Global Legal Education Approaches: Special Reference to the Middle East" is due for publication with Cambridge Scholars later this year, which is co-edited with Stephen Rosenbaum of University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of a number of International institutions, including the International Law Association, World Academy for Art and Science, and the International Journal of Legislative Drafting and Law Reform. He is a PhD supervisor at the University of Exeter, UK.
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