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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2011


The Israel/Palestine dispute/conflict is characterised by legal disputation and can only be understood if regard is had to these legal disputes. Students will consider whether international humanitarian law and human rights conventions are applicable to the Palestinian Territory; whether there is a right of return for refugees; whether Gaza remains occupied territory; whether Israel's offensive in Gaza 2008/2009 was lawful; whether the wall and settlements Israel is building in Palestinian territory are lawful; the legality of the Palestinian responses; the characterisation under international law of the practices and policies of Israel, the Palestinian authorities, and regional neighbours regarding the Palestinian territories and Israel . The unit will examine the effect that the conflict has had on international law and relations, and the extent to which law can contribute to any peace process.


  1. To provide students with an understanding of the role of law in the Israel/Palestine conflict.
  2. To provide students with an understanding of the background to the conflict and the major issues that drive it.
  3. To introduce students to the key legal issues in the dispute/conflict.
  4. To consider whether international law may provide a basis for a peaceful settlement of complex territorial disputes.


Take-home exam (3,750 words): 50%
Research paper (3,750 words): 50%

Contact hours

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)