Limor Yehuda Human Rights Lawyer and Researcher – Association for Civil Rights in Israel “The Emergence of ‘Collective Security’: Lessons Learned from Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Cyprus” March 22, 2017 (Rauf Raif Denktaş Kültür ve Kongre Sarayı @EMU)


On March 22, 2017 Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Cyprus Policy Center (CPC) organized a conference on “The Emergence of ‘Collective Security’” at the Rauf Raif Denktaş Palace of Culture and Congress. Following the opening speech of Prof. Dr. Ahmet Sözen, Human Rights Lawyer and Researcher Limor Yehuda gave her seminer. Limor Yehuda is a jurist with a special interest in human rights and social justice. After legal internship as a prosecutor with the district attorney’s office in Jerusalem, Limor spent six years at Israel’s Supreme Court as a legal assistant and member of Chief Justice Aharon Barak’s legal team. Following her work at the court Limor joined the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) where she directed the department for human rights in the Occupied Territories and litigated human rights cases before Israel’s High Court of Justice. Limor is currently a research fellow and PhD candidate at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her research focuses on the requirement for collective equality in the resolution of ethno-national conflicts. In addition to her academic work, Limor is a founding member of “Two States, One Homeland”, a movement focused on offering a new paradigm to the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on a modified confederacy model.

Yehuda’s seminar focused mainly on collective equality. This phenomenon has been put forward as a result of different conflicts in the world particularly on countries like Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Cyprus. Among the root causes of the emergence of collective equality was self determination and territorial integrity. In line with conflict in these areas, scholars view these conflicts as no solution conflicts that means there is no room for remedies to these problems such as the Israel-Palestine conflict. As a result of this position, Yehuda suggests collective security as alternative to these conflicts. Yehuda also outlined that the human rights concept would not be enough to solve these problems but also collective equality measures should be implemented in both social and political terms.

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