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Drawing upon Robbie Sabel's first-hand involvement with many legal negotiations in the Arab-Israeli conflict, International Law and the Arab-Israeli Conflict examines international law in relation to the conflict by analysing its major events and agreements, both historical and contemporary. Outlining the role of international law from the collapse of the Ottoman Empire until the present day, it considers the legal elements of the various peace treaties that Israel has signed with its neighbouring Arab States. Using his expertise as a professor, practitioner and ambassador, Sabel endeavours to represent both sides of the conflict, offering a wealth of counter-arguments and adding his own legal interpretations. With this valuable resource, students and researchers working within a range of disciplines can fully appreciate the role of international law in the Arab-Israeli conflict.


‘A thorough, well-researched, thoughtful and fair exposition of the international legal aspects of the Israel-Arab dispute. Wide-ranging and meticulous, this scholarly work will undoubtedly become an indispensable contribution to the debate. As objective a survey as it is reasonably possible to be. Sabel is to be congratulated.’

Malcolm Shaw QC - Barrister, Essex Court Chambers, London

‘In this new book, Prof. Robbie Sabel - a leading academic authority on the international law dimensions of the Israeli-Arab conflict, who has worked directly and extensively as a practitioner on many of the legal problems the conflict presented- offers a comprehensive, balanced and accessible survey and analysis of the principal international law questions which have shaped the Israeli-Arab conflict and which, in turn, shaped public international law in the 20th and 21st century. This excellent book is a ‘must have’ publication for anyone who follows with interest and concern the legal aspects of the Israeli-Arab conflict and for all those who are in interested in the difficult role played by international law in one of the most intractable conflicts of the modern era.’

Yuval Shany - Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in Public International Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

‘Sabel’s work is without a doubt the best single volume addressing the subject. It is a clear, concise, and even-handed summary of often complex legal issues and disputes of profound contemporary importance and widespread interest. International Law and the Arab-Israeli Conflict should be consulted as a matter of course by practitioners, scholars, and students of international affairs.’

Tony J. Tanke - Attorney, Davis, California; Former Lecturer, Santa Clara University School of Law

‘Sabel weaves together history, politics, and law in an engaging work that should inform future generations of scholars, practitioners, and policymakers … Sabel’s comprehensive accounting stands as the first such treatise of its kind in its objectivity, thoroughness, and scope.’

Robert P. Barnidge Jr Source: International Law and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, The Journal of the Middle East and Africa

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