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Ardi Imseis

Ardi  Imseis

“The United Nations and the Question of Palestine: A Study in International Legal Subalternity”.

Supervisor: Professor Marc Weller

Fitzwilliam College

Research Interests

Mr. Imseis joined the Cambridge community in 2014 after having served in senior policy and legal capacities for 12 years with the United Nations in the Middle East. He is admitted to the practice of law in Canada (Ontario 2001; Alberta 2010), and has served as Senior Legal Counsel to the Chief Justice of Alberta. Mr. Imseis is former Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Human Rights Fellow, Columbia University, and is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Palestine Yearbook of International Law. He holds an LL.M. (Columbia), an LL.B. (Dalhousie), and a B.A. (Hons.) (Toronto).


Mr. Imseis’s principal areas of research interest are in public international law, in particular international humanitarian law, international refugee law, international human rights law, international criminal law, the law and practice of the United Nations and international legal history. His doctoral research critically examines the interplay between international law, geopolitics and power in the work of the United Nations, using Palestine as a case study.

Key Publications

  • “Speaking Truth to Power”, in A. Iskandar & H. Rustom, eds., Edward Said: Emancipation and Representation (University of California Press, 2010).


  • “Critical Reflections on the International Humanitarian Law Aspects of the ICJ Wall Advisory Opinion” (2005) 99:1 American Journal of International Law 102.


  • “On the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Occupied Palestinian Territory” (2003) 44:1 Harvard International Law Journal 65. Republished in V. Kattan, ed., The Palestine Question in International Law (London: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 2008).


  • “‘Moderate’ Torture on Trial: Critical Reflections on the Israeli Supreme Court Judgment Concerning the Legality of General Security Service Interrogation Methods” (2001) 19:2 Berkeley Journal of International Law 328; (2001) 5:3 International Journal of Human Rights 71.


  • “Law, Reality and the Oslo ‘Peace’ Process” (2000) 20:3 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 469.  (on-line PDF format: (Extended review of From Occupation to Interim Accords: Israel and the Palestinian Territories (The Hague: Kluwer Law International, 1997).  Also appeared in (2000) 18:1 Boston University International Law Journal 47.


  • “Facts on the Ground: An Examination of Israeli Municipal Policy in East Jerusalem” (2000) 15:5 American University International Law Review 1039. (on-line PDF format: Republished in V. Kattan, ed., The Palestine Question in International Law (London: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 2008).


  • “Statelessness and Convention Refugee Determination: An Examination of the Palestinian Experience at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada” (1997) 31:2 University of British Columbia Law Review 317.


  • “Forward”, in Sfard, M. and Schaeffer, E., A Guide to Housing, Land and Property Law in Area C of the West Bank (Jerusalem: Norwegian Refugee Council, 2012) 3.


  • “Introduction: The Goldstone Report and Beyond”, in (2010) Vol. XVI Palestine Yearbook of International Law 1.


  • “Introduction: Third World Approaches to International Law and the Persistence of the Question of Palestine”, in (2009) Vol. XV Palestine Yearbook of International Law 1.


  • The Occupation of Justice: The Supreme Court of Israel and the Occupied Territories (Albany: SUNY Press, 2002) (2002) 32:2 Journal of Palestine Studies 108 (book review).


  • The Oslo Accords: International Law and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Agreements (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000) (2002) 32:1 Journal of Palestine Studies 110 (book review).


  • The Palestinian Exodus: 1948-1998 (Reading: Ithica Press, 1999) (2000) 30:1 Journal of Palestine Studies 99 (book review).


  • The Status of Palestinian Refugees in International Law (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998) (1999) 8 Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies 223; also appeared as “Legalizing Palestinians” (1999) 29:1 Journal of Palestine Studies 91; (printemps 2000) 23 Revue d'etudes Palestiniennes 130  (book review).


  • Islamic Legal Interpretation: Muftis and Their Fatwas (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1996) (1999) 33:1 University of British Columbia Law Review 223 (book review).