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New Humanitarian Law Research Portal Launched

International Humanitarian Law Research Initiative

The International Humanitarian Law Research Initiative is pleased to extend a special invitation to view its newest web portal on international humanitarian law (IHL) in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including our latest briefing note on the Separation Barrier.

Located at, the portal offers a balanced collection of legal resources on IHL in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, as well as in-depth analysis on pressing issues, all in an easily accessible format. An extensive database, organized by topic, provides links to relevant legal documents, including UN resolutions, Israeli jurisprudence and military orders, and links to other Israeli and Palestinian primary resources.

The portal also contains background information on IHL and a large collection of reference maps.

Featured topics include:

- Applicability of IHL to the Occupied Palestinian Territory

- Israel's Obligations under IHL

- IHL Implications of the Settlements

- IHL Implications of the Separation Barrier

On each featured topics page, a briefing note explains the legal issues involved and presents the various positions of the parties in the debate. The briefing notes are written so as to be useful to both a legal and a non-legal audience, and are translated into Arabic and Hebrew. Legal documents and resources are also available for the following topics: Administrative Detentions, Deportations and Assigned Residence, General Movement Restrictions, House Demolitions, and Suicide Attacks against Civilians.

The project was designed to provide objective analysis and to facilitate access to key texts. The project benefited from the support and counsel of internationally renowned experts in legal and regional affairs.

About the International Humanitarian Law Research Initiative (IHLRI)

The International Humanitarian Law Research Initiative is a research, policy, and information project dedicated to the reaffirmation and development of international humanitarian law. Founded in 2002, the project is based at the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University. It seeks to develop new strategies to address challenges to the protection of civilians and persons "hors de combat" in conflict situations. Its activities foster dialogue and promote the creation of an international network of scholars, policy makers, and humanitarian practitioners to develop innovative, collective approaches to addressing conflict.

For more information on IHLRI, please visit the IHL Research Initiative portal at

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