International Law and the ‘Permanent Status’ Issues


in The Oslo Accords

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780198298915
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191705243 | DOI:
International Law and the ‘Permanent Status’ Issues

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The Oslo Accords lists seven ‘permanent status’ issues in the following order: (1) Jerusalem, (2) refugees, (3) settlements, (4) security arrangements, (5) borders, (6) relations and cooperation with other neighbours, and (7) other issues of common interest. This chapter considers these issues. International law offers general guidance on how the parties might resolve most of the final-status issues. The main part of the task ahead it political, not legal. The law will not dictate any particular outcome. But it can draw baselines for parties, set limits, and help advance negotiations by providing a common language for discussion.

Keywords: international law; Oslo Accords; permanent status; Israel; Palestine

Chapter.  19377 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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