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December 7, 2012

Institute of Law Conference

“The legislative status in the Palestinian Territory and problems of dual authority”

On 4 December, the IoL organised a conference on “The legislative status in the Palestinian Territory and problems of dual authority”. The conference focused on the implications of the political division between Gaza and the West Bank for the legislative process. more…

December 3, 2012

Legal Encounter

Palestine as a Non-Member Observer State at the United Nations: Legal and Political Dimensions

In cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Law Students’ Club, the Institute of Law organised a Legal Encounter on “Palestine as a Non-Member Observer State at the United Nations: Legal and Political Dimensions”. more…

November 27, 2012

United Nations

The Palestinian UN bid

On 29 November, the President of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, is going to ask the United Nations General Assembly to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Territories to non-member observer state. This step could boost efforts for the international recognition of a State of Palestine after last year's failed bid for full membership at the UN, yet the initiative also contains political risks. more…

November 22, 2012

Press Review

Will Palestinian factions reconcile over Gaza crisis?

The Gaza crisis has been closely monitored by the world, but for Palestinians it became a reason for bipartisan solidarity that was visible in demonstrations inside the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Palestinian refugee camps. more…

November 20, 2012

Legal Encounter on "The Local Elections: Legal and Administrative Dimensions"

On 12 November 2012, the Institute of Law (IoL) at Birzeit University organised in Gaza City a legal encounter on "The Local Elections: Legal and Administrative Dimensions". more…

November 9, 2012

Press Review

Palestinian reactions to the US elections

The US presidential elections on November 6, 2012 have been closely monitored by Palestinians and widely discussed in the street. Most of the Palestinians believe that the re-election of Barack Obama sends a more positive message to the Palestinians than had Mitt Romney been elected. more…

October 31, 2012

Legal Encounter on "Joining the Pension Fund: Process and Procedures"

In cooperation with the Birzeit University Union of Professors and Employees, the Institute of Law organised on 18 October a legal encounter on Joining the Pension Fund. In the context of negotiations between the Federation of Unions of Palestinian University Professors and Employees, the University Administrations and Palestinian Pension Authority, the topic is significant for employees at Palestinian universities. The encounter focuses on mechanisms to subscribe to the public pension fund. more…

October 15, 2012

Local elections in the West Bank 2012

With regard to the upcoming elections in the West Bank on October 20th, the KAS, in cooperation with the Institute for Community Partnership of Bethlehem University, organized a series of workshops. During the trainings, which were offered in six communities in the Hebron district, women from remote areas were given the opportunity to increase their knowledge about the participation in and the conduction of elections, as well as the importance of the democratic election process in general. more…

October 8, 2012

Junior diplomats from the Palestinian Territories visiting Berlin and Brussels

Seven Palestinian junior diplomats visited Brussels and Berlin following an invitation by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS). The visit, which was organised by the Domestic Programmes Team in cooperation with the foundation’s external offices in Ramallah and Brussels, provided the Palestinian diplomats with the opportunity to speak with Members of the European Parliament, such as the chairman of the KAS Hans-Gert Pöttering, MEP and with Members of the German Parliament. more…

September 23, 2012

Joint Israeli Palestinian Poll

Palestinians and Israelis think a major regional war will erupt if Israel attacks Iran

Around 80% of Palestinians and of Israelis think that if Israel were to carry out a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, a major regional war will erupt. However a majority of Israelis do not believe that Israel will strike and the climate of opinion is against it. more…