UKLFI Charitable Trust and CAEF invite you to a webinar on League of Nations Mandate Centenary With Professor Steven Zipperstein Special Introduction by the President of the State of Israel, H.E. Isaac Herzog Chaired by Jonathan Turner On Thursday 21 July, 2022 at 5pm UK time (7pm Israel, 6pm Europe, 12 noon USA East Coast, 9am USA West Coast)
The Mandate for Palestine was adopted by the Council of the League of Nations (the forerunner of today’s United Nations) in London on 24 July 1922. It mandated the British Government to put into effect the Balfour Declaration of 2 November 1917.
The Mandate explicitly recognised the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that territory. It transformed the unilateral declaration of the British government into an instrument of international law and provided the legal basis for Britain’s administration of Western Palestine until 1948. Its impact on the development of the Jewish national home into the modern State of Israel cannot be denied, and the rights and obligations set out in its provisions arguably remain relevant today.
The main speaker at our special webinar marking this important centenary is Professor Steven Zipperstein, a leading expert on the legal history of the British Mandate. His previous webinars for UKLFI Charitable Trust have received outstanding reviews from our audience.
We are honoured that the President of the State of Israel will introduce the webinar.
More about Speakers:
Professor Steven E. Zipperstein is an Adjunct Professor in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the UCLA Center for Middle East Development. He also lectures at UC Santa Barbara’s Department of History and is a Visiting Professor at Tel Aviv University Law School.
Zipperstein is the author of Zionism, Palestinian Nationalism and the Law: 1939-1948 (Routledge, 2022) and Law and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Trials of Palestine (Routledge 2020). He is a former U.S. federal prosecutor, and the former Chief Legal Officer of Verizon Wireless and BlackBerry Ltd.
H. E. Isaac "Bougie" Herzog is the 11th President of Israel, elected in 2021. He qualified as a lawyer and worked at leading Israeli law firm, Herzog, Fox and Neeman. He served as the Government Secretary under Prime Minister Ehud Barak from 1999 to 2001. He was a member of the Knesset from 2003 to 2018. He held several ministerial posts between 2005 and 2011, including Minister of Welfare and Social Services from 2007 to 2011 under Prime Ministers Ehud Olmert and Benjamin Netanyahu.
He was Leader of the Opposition from 2013 to 2018 and the Labor Party candidate for Prime Minister in the 2015 election. From 2018 to 2021 he chaired the Jewish Agency, an institution constituted by the Mandate.
Jonathan Turner is the Executive Director of UKLFI Charitable Trust and Chief Executive of UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI), which he co-founded in 2011. In 2020 he led a submission to the International Criminal Court by UKLFI and other NGOs which analysed the meaning and legal effects of the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine.
He studied law at Cambridge University and European Law at Brussels University before qualifying as a barrister in England, specialising in intellectual property and competition law.