Prof. Ruth Lapidoth

Ruth Lapidoth is a Professor Emeritus of International Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Professor at the Law School of the College of Management. She is a recipient of the 2006 Israel Prize in Legal Research and of the 2000 Prominent Woman in International Law Award from the American Society of International Law.She served in the Israeli delegation to the UN in 1976, and in 1979 was appointed Legal Advisor to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Publications by Prof. Ruth Lapidoth

Is the Balfour Declaration a Legally Binding Document?

When is a unilateral declaration binding? Does this apply in the case of the Balfour Declaration? Read More »

Today, what is the legal standing of the Balfour Declaration?

The Balfour Declaration was replaced by the Covenant of the League of Nations, which addressed all the legal questions left open by it. Read More »

Was the Declaration a Legally Binding Document?

100 Years Since the Balfour Declaration Read More »

What’s the history of the Egypt-Israel Border ?

Professor Ruth Lapidoth, Senior Researcher at the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies and Professor Emeritus of International Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem addresses the legal aspects of Sykes-Picot Agreement. Read More »

The Misleading Interpretation of UN Security Council Resolution 242

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The New Regime in Egypt and the 1979 Peace Treaty

Professor Ruth Lapidoth Fellow of the Jerusalem Center Professor Emeritus of International Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel Prize Recipient, 2006 Read More »

Blockade on Gaza: Legal Expert Ruth Lapidoth, Part 2

A Q&A Session on the Legality of the Israeli Blockade of the Gaza Strip by Prof. Emeritus Ruth Lapidoth. Read More »

The Misleading Interpretation of Security Council Resolution 242 (1967)

Download the pdf Among the UN resolutions concerning the Middle East that are quite often mentioned and referred to is Security Council Resolution 242 (1967).1 It has even been considered the building block of peace in the Middle East.2 Unfortunately, […] Read More »

The Legal Basis of Israel’s Naval Blockade of Gaza

A ship that clearly intends to breach a lawful blockade may be stopped when it is still on the high seas. Read More »

The Plight of the Refugees and Resolution 242

Security Council Resolution 242: An Analysis of its Main Provisions

Should the International Court of Justice Give an Advisory Opinion on Israel’s Separation Fence?

Since the Palestinians could not sue Israel in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) as a contentious case – because the Palestinians are not a state and because Israel has not agreed to the jurisdiction of the court – the Palestinians used their influence in the General Assembly, which then asked for an advisory opinion. Read More »

Legal Aspects of the Palestinian Refugee Question

Until September 2000, hopes were high that soon an agreement on the final status of the West Bank and Gaza would pave the way for peaceful coexistence between Israel and the Palestinians. These hopes have unfortunately been shattered, as Palestinians violently attacked Israelis in both the administered territories and in Israel proper, provoking violent reactions by Israel. Read More »