International conference

Israel on Trial - The current crisis of international law, peace and security in the Middle East


Dates: Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th March 2023
Hosted by: Christians for Israel and The Hague Initiative for International Cooperation (thinc.)
Location: Omniversum, The Hague and Israel Centre, Nijkerk

About the conference

In 2023, the Jewish State of Israel celebrates its 75th birthday. Israel is one of the most successful nations on earth, the only well-functioning democracy in the Middle East, and a major contributor to global innovation, regional prosperity and security. And yet Israel’s legitimacy and sovereignty are under attack as no other nation. International law is engaged daily as an instrument to demonize and undermine the Jewish State of Israel.

What explains this crisis of international law? What does international law really have to say? Why does the UN constantly criticize and condemn Israel? Is a new approach to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict possible?

What will you receive?

At this conference, leading experts in international law and international relations will explain and unpack the main legal and political issues affecting Israel and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Registered participants will receive an Israel on Trial Conference book containing summaries of all lectures and workshops.

Who is this conference for?

This conference is for anyone interested in the legal and political aspects of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

You don’t have to be a lawyer to attend!

The goal of this conference is to provide insight into the main legal and political aspects of the conflict, the threats facing Israel, and what can be done to challenge them.

Speakers include:
  • Hillel Neuer (UN Watch)
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Bock (University Giessen, thinc.)
  • Prof. Gregory Rose (University Wollongong, thinc.)
  • Prof. Robbie Sabel (Hebrew University)
  • Anne Herzberg (NGO Monitor)
  • Dr. Matthijs de Blois (thinc.)
  • Prof. Steven Zipperstein (UCLA)
  • Andrew Tucker (thinc.)
  • Natasha Hausdorff (Barrister & UK Lawyers for Israel)
  • Dr. Dov Jacobs (University of Leiden)
  • Jonathan Turner (UK Lawyers for Israel)
  • Johannes de Jong (Sallux)
  • Josh Reinstein (Israel Allies Foundation)
  • Dina Rovner (UN Watch)
  • Josh Kern (Barrister)
  • David Parsons (International Christian Embassy Jerusalem)
  • Arsen Ostrovsky (International Legal Forum)

Provisional program

Wednesday 29th March 9am - 7pm

  • Presentations by experts on key legal/political themes, including:the role of the UN and the ICC under international law, current trends in international law affecting Israel, the historical and legal foundations of the State of Israel, Arab/Palestinian opposition to the Jewish nation during the Mandate period; the position of Israel in the United Nations since 1948, current trends in international law affecting Israel andthe reasons of failure of the EU’s Two-State policy.
  • “Jerusalem” 3D film in Omniversum
  • Inter-active workshops on key topics such as: thehindering role of the ICJ and the UN Human Rights Council’s Commission of Inquiry in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the Palestinian instrumentalization of the ICCRefreshments, lunch and drinks (“borrel”) provided

Thursday 30th March 9am - 4pm

  • Presentations by experts on key legal/political themes, including: the ‘apartheid’ claim; possible new ways for dealing with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and how the UN’s discriminatory treatment of Israel empowers delegitimization of Israel
  • Visit to the Israel Centre in Nijkerk
  • Optional: guided bus tour in The Hague to see the International Criminal Court and International Court of Justice
  • Optional: Informal “meet the speakers” event for students and young adults (at Park Centraal hotel, The Hague)
  • Refreshments and lunch provided

Conference fee

The fee for this two-day conference is €195 per participant (for students: €150)

The conference fee:

  • includes lunches (29th and 30th March), refreshments, conference materials, transportation in The Hague and to Nijkerk
  • excludes accommodation and travel to/from The Netherlands

Group discount available on request.

It is also possible to come only on March 29. In that case the fee is €120

For the participants of the conference, a limited number of rooms is available at the Park Centraal Den Haag hotel at a discount rate on a first-come/first-serve basis. You may book online and use the promotion code: KEY.

After you have registered you will receive an e-mail with an invoice. This can take up to two weeks.


It is no longer possible to register for the conference.