Family Unification of Residents in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (2009)

Family unification refers to the administrative procedure through which foreign nationals are granted, on the request of a relative, a legal status in the territory of the state where the applicant is legally staying. In the case of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), the regulation of family unification is anomalous, with regards to the concerned state and regulations, the applicant and the concerned relatives Continue reading Family Unification of Residents in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (2009)

Palestinian Refugees in Arab States: A Rights-Based Approach (2009)

This paper tackles the issue of Palestinian refugees in host Arab states, their legal status and rights. The paper’s criteria can be found in those universally accepted standards applicable to refugees, as a special category of persons in need of national and international protection and assistance, and in those minimum guarantees (human rights and freedoms) which are present in international conventions and declarations Continue reading Palestinian Refugees in Arab States: A Rights-Based Approach (2009)

(2008) اللاجئون، المهاجرون والقانون في فلسطين

إن الهجرة ظاهرة قديمة قدم الإنسان نفسه ؛ وهي غير مرتبطة بالضرورة بعنصر الإجبار، بل تكون أحيانا مرتبطة بالإرادة الحرة للأفراد يبحثون عن مستوى أفضل من التعليم، العمل أو لتحسين الوضع لاتخاذ قرار بالهجرة الاجتماعي أو الاقتصادي. والفلسطينيون أيضا ً يتأثرون بتلك العوامل جميعا بالإضافة إلى حالة عدم الاستقرار التي تعيش فيها الأراضي الفلسطينية؛ وهذا يتطلب من ”الدولة“ تنظيم قضايا متعلقة بالهجرة، سواء عن طريق تنظيم خروج ودخول المواطنين من الأراضي التي تقع تحت سيطرتها، أو بتنظيم دخول العمالة الأجنبية Continue reading (2008) اللاجئون، المهاجرون والقانون في فلسطين

(2008) مبررات وآثار تبني قانون حماية الأسرة

يستهدف وضع تشريع واضح لمواجهة العنف، تجاوز الحجج التقليدية التي تقدم عادة لتبرير حماية الأطفال والنساء داخل أسرهم بوجود قانون خاص لهذه الغاية؛ ولتحقيق ذلك يجب أن ال يتم التعامل مع القانون كهدف بحد ذاته بل كوسيلة لتحقيق غاية أسمى تستهدف تنظيم العالقات بني المواطنين أنفسهم وكذلك الدولة، وحماية أفضل للأفراد على المستوى البعيد من إمكانية تعسف الدولة أو أقرانه. يضمن صياغة التشريع وضوح العالقات »العمودية« بني الدولة والمواطنين Continue reading (2008) مبررات وآثار تبني قانون حماية الأسرة

The Circulation of Palestinian Refugees and Migrants (2008)

The paper considers circular migration with regard to Palestinian migrant workers and alien workers in Palestine, in the context of the EU Commission Communication on Circular Migration (2007). Throughout the paper, the unusualness of the Palestinian situation, both with regards to border control and the lack of sovereignty of the Palestinian Authorities is underlined. Continue reading The Circulation of Palestinian Refugees and Migrants (2008)

Irregular Migration into and Through the Occupied Palestinian Territory (2008)

The concept of irregular migration refers, by definition, to non-citizens who happen to enter, reside and work in a third country, different from their country of origin and/or citizenship in violation of domestic law. In the light of the exceptional case of the occupied Palestinian territory, this paper challenges the concept of “irregular migration” in the absence of a clear cut division between who is a citizen/resident and who is not, and between what is legal or regular and what is not. Continue reading Irregular Migration into and Through the Occupied Palestinian Territory (2008)

The Legal Framework for Palestinian Security Sector Governance (2007)

The Amended Basic Law of 2003 stipulates: ‘The security forces and the police shall be regulated by law.’1 This clause was already present in the very early drafts of the Palestinian ‘quasi-constitution’. Yet, after more than ten years of Palestinian self-rule, there is little legislation regulating the work of the security organisations of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). Continue reading The Legal Framework for Palestinian Security Sector Governance (2007)

Palestine: the legal dimension of migration (2007)

Migration law covers the regulation of entry, residence and settlement, border-crossing and departure, sanctions for the transgression of such rules, as well as the protection of migrants through the legal regulation of their rights, often proclaimed on the international level and sometimes incorporated in national law. The legislative position of the PA is anomalous on both counts. First, the regulation of migration implies the sovereign control of borders, which the PA does not currently exercise. Continue reading Palestine: the legal dimension of migration (2007)

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Refugees: migrants and law in Palestine (2007)

The topic of this paper is problematic due to the lack of shared understanding of its terms (refugees, migrants, law and Palestine). Research of such a topic, therefore, must be delimited as to prevent misunderstanding, misanalysis and misjudgement. The definition of one of these terms shall delimit and define the content of the others. Unless specified differently, in this paper “Palestine” refers to the territories known as the Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt), covering what was called before 1967 as the West Bank Continue reading Refugees: migrants and law in Palestine (2007)

Palestinian Nationality and Citizenship: Current challenges and Future Perspectives (2007)

A nation is constituted by the belief of belonging together, accompanied by a strong solidarity among its members. Nations, where they exist, are the product of a nation-building process. The concept of nation-building presupposes two elements: a common identity and concerted political action. Belonging to a particular nation is also related to a pre-existent common identity based on objective criteria. Continue reading Palestinian Nationality and Citizenship: Current challenges and Future Perspectives (2007)

إشكاليات السلطة الدستورية في ضوء الواقع الفلسطيني (2005)

يمكن تشبيه الدستور بالكائن الحي، إذ يولد عند صوغه بواسطة الجهة اخملولة بذلك (السلطة الدستورية التأسيسية) في حال وجود فراغ قانوني ناجم عن تأسيس دولة جديدة، أو في حال تغيير جذري في النظام الحاكم نفسه نتيجة ثورة أو انقلاب يكونان بمثابة “شهادة وفاة” للدستور القديم؛ لكنه يتطور أيضاً من خلال تعديل بعض أجزائه بواسطة السلطة الدستورية المعدلة، التي تتميز من السلطة الدستورية التأسيسية بإجراء تعديلات بالطريقة التي يسمح بها الدستور نفسه.(1( ظهرت “السلطة الدستورية” في أميركا الشمالية أولاً، لكن صوغها على شكل نظرية متكاملة جاء بفضل كتابات ساييس بعد الثورة الفرنسية. Continue reading إشكاليات السلطة الدستورية في ضوء الواقع الفلسطيني (2005)

The enactment of constituent power in the Arab World: the Palestinian case (2006)

Constituent power is the authority to frame or to amend a particular text, superior to other laws, called the constitution. What distinguishes framing power from amending power is that the latter changes the constitution in ways provided therein, while the former amends it outside any precedent constitutional framework. Most modern states have adopted written and rigid constitutions. Continue reading The enactment of constituent power in the Arab World: the Palestinian case (2006)

Legislating for Migration: The Anomalous Case of the Palestinian Authority (2006)

Migration law covers the regulation of entry, residence and settlement, border-crossing and end of stay together with sanctions for the transgression of such rules, and at the same time the protection of migrants through the legal regulation of their rights, often proclaimed on the international level and sometimes incorporated in the domestic law.1 The legislative position of the Palestinian Authority (PA) is anomalous on both counts. Continue reading Legislating for Migration: The Anomalous Case of the Palestinian Authority (2006)

The Enactment of Constituent Power in the Arab World (2006)

Constituent power is the authority to frame or to amend a particular text, superior to other laws, called the constitution. What distinguishes framing power from amending power is that the latter changes the constitution in ways provided therein, while the former amends it outside any precedent constitutional framework. Most modern states have adopted written and rigid constitutions. According to Sieyès1 -the first to present a sophisticated theory of constituent power- ‘une constitution suppose avant tout un pouvoir constituant’ Continue reading The Enactment of Constituent Power in the Arab World (2006)

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Les Palestiniens à l’heure du leadership institutionnel (2005)

Cependant, c’est l’élection du président de l’ANP qui semble focaliser le plus d’attention diplomatique et médiatique, au niveau de la communauté internationale, mais aussi entre Israéliens et Palestiniens eux- mêmes. Comme c’est le cas dans cette région du monde, le même événement est lu en plusieurs versions. Les intérêts qui se profilent derrière l’élection présidentielle palestinienne sont multiples, mais pas nécessairement contradictoires. Continue reading Les Palestiniens à l’heure du leadership institutionnel (2005)

La création d’un état Palestinien viable: quel intérêt pour Israël? (2005)

La littérature abondante qui traite du conflit israélo-palestinien présente habituellement les intérêts des uns ou des autres d’une manière plus au moins neutre. Dans les pires de cas, elle est clairement partisane d’une des deux parties en conflit. Cependant, aucune ne fait l’effort d’essayer de croiser les intérêts pour y trouver les points communs. Cela ne veut pas dire que tout ce qui a été écrit jusqu’à aujourd’hui n’est pas nécessaire, mais que cela ne suffit plus. Il faut créer une autre mentalité, une autre culture. Continue reading La création d’un état Palestinien viable: quel intérêt pour Israël? (2005)

LA CRÉATION D’UN ETAT PALESTINIEN VIABLE: UNE PRIORITÉ SIONISTE? (2005)

L’existence de l’Etat d’Israël, la non existence d’un Etat palestinien et le désir, chez les Palestiniens, de disposer de leur propre Etat constituent les données de départ, auxquelles sont intimement liées plusieurs questions cruciales : quelles frontières le droit international reconnaît il à Israël ? La création d’un Etat palestinien découle t elle de la proclamation d’indépendance d’Alger de 1988 ? Continue reading LA CRÉATION D’UN ETAT PALESTINIEN VIABLE: UNE PRIORITÉ SIONISTE? (2005)

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Rules of Engagements (2004)

Fifty-six years have passed since Palestinian lands were usurped and the exodus of thousands of families began. Generation after generation has been consigned to refugee camps in neighbouring Arab countries. Wars, international resolutions and countless peace initiatives have attempted to put an end to the Palestinian experience of suppression, violence and displacement Continue reading Rules of Engagements (2004)

La creación de un Estado palestino: ¿es ello una prioridad sionista?

Hemos dado un título voluntariamente provocador a este artículo, insinuando que la creación de un Estado palestino y la perpetuación del Estado de Israel, en tanto que Estado judío, están ligadas. Llegando incluso a sugerir la idea de que sería necesario considerar la creación de un Estado palestino como una prioridad sionista. Continue reading La creación de un Estado palestino: ¿es ello una prioridad sionista?