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Gresham College: Prof. Sir Geoffrey Nice Q.C. – Law and Lawyers Not All Bad? – #1/6 – Gaza -Israel: The Legal and the Miltary View with General Sir Nick Parker KCB,CBE


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A series of six lectures ranging between Gaza and the prison system, to the life of a barrister and sex and the law

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‘War Crimes’ – do we use the term too casually? Commentators have usually assumed the Israel-Palestine armed conflict might be lawful, even if individual incidents on both sides attracted condemnation. But is that assumption right? May the conflict lack legality, on one or both sides?

The 2014 Israeli-Gaza conflict allows exploration of some of the underlying issues. General Nick Parker explains how he advised Geoffrey Nice to approach the conflict’s legality from a military point of view. Geoffrey Nice explains what conclusions he then reached. Were war crimes committed by either side? 

About Sir Geoffrey Nice Q.C.

Sir Geoffrey Nice QC has practised as a barrister since 1971.  He worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia – the ICTY – between 1998 and 2006 and led the prosecution of Slobodan Milošević, former President of Serbia. Much of his work since has been connected to cases before the permanent International Criminal Court – Sudan, Kenya, Libya – or  pro bono for victims groups – Iran, Burma, North Korea – whose cases cannot get to any international court.  He works for several related NGO’s and lectures and commentates in the media in various countries on international war crimes issues.  He has been a part-time judge since 1984 sitting at the Old Bailey and has sat as judge in other jurisdictions, tribunals and inquiries.  Between 2009 and 2012 he was Vice-Chair of the Bar Standards Board, the body that regulates barristers.

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