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Conflict in the Middle East: An International Law Perspective

Kirsten Bowman JD
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(728)
An understanding of the recent turmoil in Israel and Gaza through a modern day exploration of international law

Class experience

US Grade 8 - 11
Learners will gain a historical framework through which to better understand todays current crisis. Learners will also gain the ability to analyze international agreements in order to understand what they can and cannot do the mediate conflict between nations. Finally, learners will exercise their critical thinking skills. This class is specifically designed to teach learners how to think and where to find the resources to draw conclusions. It is specifically designed to not tell learners what to think. 
This teacher is an international human rights attorney who has worked for and consulted with the United Nations for several decades. She is an expert on international conflict, focusing her PhD on the UN Security Council and international law. Beyond working with the UN court systems she has consulted for many UN agencies on this issue and teaches international legal courses at law schools globally.  Finally, the teacher has been teaching difficult and complex issues of lawfare, war and conflict and human rights to younger learners on the Outschool platform for over five years. 
Homework Offered
There will be short readings ahead of many classes which will be provided to help learners come to class with some foundational knowledge of the topic for the week. As well, for those learners taking this for partial credit for a high school history or civics unit, a final paper will be assigned and for learners requiring a grade, it will be assessed based on class participation and the final essay.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
For those learners taking this for partial credit for a high school history or civics unit, a final paper will be assigned and for learners requiring a grade, it will be assessed based on class participation and the final essay.
Grades Offered
If requested, grades and assessments are available. All assignments must be completed in order to receive grade or assessment.
All readings are available in open source documents on line and will be provided to learners ahead of the class. 
This course works hard to not provide a political opinion to the current conflict and allows your learner to freely consider the legal framework to draw their own conclusions. It is likely that there will be diversity of views among the learners in the class. All views that are offered in a respectful manner will be respected in the class discussions. During discussions on the laws of war and conflict learners may learn disturbing facts of how humans can treat each other during conflict. Every effort is made to not be exploitive in using factual information merely for shock value. However, your learner will learn of specific war crimes committed and how the international legal framework responded to it. If you have particularly sensitive learners to war and conflicts this may be a consideration. 
Materials to be studied in class include: 1917 The Balfour Declaration; 1922 The British Mandate for Palestine; 1947 UN General Assembly Resolution 181; 1948 UN General Assembly Resolution 194(III); 1949 Egypt – Israel Armistice Agreement; 1967 UN Security Council Resolutions 242; 1974 Israel-Syria Agreement on Disengagement; 1975 Egypt-Israel Interim agreement; 1978 Camp David Agreement; 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Agreement; Israel 1981 Golan Heights Law; Egypt-Israel Taba arbitration Compromise; 1993 Israel-PLO Declaration of Principles;  1994 Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty;                  1995 Israel-PLO  Interim Agreement (without annexes); 2001 Clinton “Plan”; 2002 Arab League “Peace Initiative”; 2003 “Roadmap”; 2003 “Geneva Initiative”, The ICJ Advisory Opinion on the “Wall”.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(728)
I am a human rights lawyer by profession and a university professor and mom by passion. I have my JD with a specialization in international law and completed my PhD in international law in 2023. 

I have travelled the world working for the UN as a... 
Group Class


for 6 classes
1x per week, 6 weeks
50 min

Completed by 29 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
4-18 learners per class

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