President Trump’s December 6th declaration of the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel sparked wide international condemnation and protest — and widespread approval in Israel. A highly sensitive issue with profound legal, geopolitical, spiritual, and humanitarian consequences, the status of Jerusalem has serious implications for the elusive goal of Middle East peace. In this event, Aaron David Miller, former advisor to Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State on Arab-Israeli negotiations (1978-2003), and Noura Erakat, Human Rights Attorney and Assistant Professor of International and Legal Studies, George Mason University, will engage in a conversation on the consequences and implications of Trump’s decision from a number of different angles, taking into consideration questions of international law, regional stability and security, prospects for sustainable peace, as well as the status and rights of Palestinians in East Jerusalem.
HLS Professor Noah Feldman will moderated this discussion, which will be hosted by the Julius-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law & The Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change and co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School. Lunch will be served.