Ardi Imseis is interested in the intersection of power, politics, law, and justice, and the practical impact of those phenomena on international relations in general and on underrepresented peoples in particular. Professor Imseis is currently working on a book which critically examines the gulf between international law and United Nations action, using the question of Palestine as a case study. He comes to Queen’s following a 12-year career as a UN official in the Middle East, first with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and then with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Since leaving the UN, Imseis has continued to engage in high-level public advocacy on international law, peace and security, including a number of invited addresses to the UN Security Council. In December 2019, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights appointed Imseis a Member of the Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts, a commission of inquiry mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate and report on violations of human rights and humanitarian law in the conflict in Yemen. He also serves as the Associate Academic Director of the International Law Programs that Queen's Law offers at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, United Kingdom.
Professor Imseis’s scholarship has appeared in, inter alia, the American Journal of International Law, the Berkeley Journal of International Law, the Harvard International Law Journal, the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, and the University of British Columbia Law Review. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Third World Approaches to International Law Review. He is former Editor-in-Chief of the Palestine Yearbook of International Law (2008-2019), Visiting Research Scholar, Department of Law, American University in Cairo and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Human Rights Fellow, Columbia Law School.
Imseis is admitted to the practice of law in the province of Alberta. Between 2010 and 2011, he served as Senior Legal Counsel to the Honourable Catherine A. Fraser, Chief Justice of Alberta.
- Public international law;
- International humanitarian law;
- International human rights law;
- International refugee law;
- International criminal law;
- International legal history;
- Law and practice of the United Nations.
Recent Professional Accomplishments
- Invited to address the United Nations Security Council on the Third Report of the Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen, December 2020. See here for text.
- Invited to brief the European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights on accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the situation in Yemen, December 2020
- Member, Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen, United Nations Human Rights Council.
- Invited by the European Council on Foreign Relations to brief British Members of Parliament and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on recognition of states in international law, June 2018.
- Invited to address the United Nations Security Council on protection of civilians in armed conflict, May 2016.
- Invited to brief members of the French Sénat on the international law governing belligerent occupation, Palais du Luxembourg, Paris, France, December 2015.
For a full list of Professor Imseis' publications, please consult his CV.
- "The United Nations Partition of Palestine Revisited: On the Origins of Palestine's International Legal Subalternity" (2021) 57:1 Stanford Journal of International Law 1-54
- "State of Exception: Critical Reflections on the Amici Curiae Observations and Other Communications of States Parties to the Rome Statue in the Palestine Situation" (2020) 18:4 Journal of International Criminal Justice 905-925.
- "Negotiating the Illegal: On the United Nations and the Illegal Occupation of Palestine, 1967-2020" (2020) 31:3 European Journal of International Law 1055-1085.
- This paper was the subject of a debate commissioned by the European Journal of International Law. See: Hughes, D. “Of Tactics, Illegal Occupation and the Boundaries of Legal Capability: A Reply to Ardi Imseis” (2020) 31:3 European Journal of International Law 1087-1103; and
- Imseis, A. “Of Straw Men, the United Nations and Illegal Occupation: A Rejoinder to David Hughes”, EJIL: Talk!, 18 February 2021.
- “Critical Reflections on the International Humanitarian Law Aspects of the ICJ Wall Advisory Opinion” (2005) 99:1 American Journal of International Law 102.
- “On the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Occupied Palestinian Territory” (2003) 44:1 Harvard International Law Journal 65.
- ‘Moderate’ Torture on Trial: Critical Reflections on the Israeli Supreme Court Judgment Concerning the Legality of General Security Service Interrogation Methods” (2001) 19:2 Berkeley Journal of International Law 328.
- “Law, Reality and the Oslo ‘Peace’ Process” (2000) 20:3 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 469. (Extended review of From Occupation to Interim Accords: Israel and the Palestinian Territories (The Hague: Kluwer Law International, 1997).
- “Facts on the Ground: An Examination of Israeli Municipal Policy in East Jerusalem” (2000) 15:5 American University International Law Review 1039
- “Speaking Truth to Power: On Edward Said and the Palestinian Freedom Struggle", in A. Iskandar & H. Rustom, eds., Edward Said: Emancipation and Representation (University of California Press, 2010).
- "Situation of human rights in Yemen, including violations and abuses since September 2014-Report of the Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen", 28 September 2020, UN Doc. A/HRC/45/6 (Conference Room Paper, UN Doc. A/HRC/45/CRP.7)
- Imseis, A. (2019). The United Nations and the Question of Palestine: A Study in International Legal Subalternity (Doctoral thesis)
Opinion and Editorial:
- Quick Thoughts: Ardi Imseis on the ICC and Palestine”, Jadaliyya, 22 February 2021, available at: https://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/42409/Quick-Thoughts-Ardi-Imseis-on-the-ICC-and-Palestine.
- "UNRWA in a Time of Crisis: Seperating the Red Herrings from Legitimate Shortcomings", Al-Shabaka, 8 October 2019, available at: https://al-shabaka.org/commentaries/unrwa-in-a-time-of-crisis-separating-the-red-herrings-from-legitimate-shortcomings/
- “Security Council Resolution 2334: An Old-New Approach to Palestine at the United Nations?”, Jadaliyya, 26 December 2016, available at: http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/25756/security-council-resolution-2334_an-old-new-approa
- “Trudeau and Israel/Palestine: Paragon of Progressives or Much Ado About Nothing?”, Embassy, 6 April 2016, available at: http://www.embassynews.ca/opinion/2016/04/06/trudeau-and-israel/palestine-paragon-of-progressives-or-much-ado-about-nothing/48462
- “Remembering the 2014 Gaza Conflict: One Year On” (Text of 20 July 2015 Address to the United Nations Security Council), Cambridge Review of International Affairs Views, 22 September 2015, available at: http://www.cria.polis.cam.ac.uk/blog/?p=404
- “Palestine and the ICC: Why International Law Matters in the Middle East, Cambridge Review of International Affairs Views, 6 April 2015, available at: http://www.cria.polis.cam.ac.uk/blog/?p=277; republished by Al-Ahram Online, 16 April 2015, available at: http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/4/127852/Opinion/Palestine-and-the-ICC-Why-International-Law-Matter.aspx
- “Quebec Judge’s Ban on Hijab in Courtroom a Judicial Fiasco”, Law Times, 30 March 2015, available at: http://www.lawtimesnews.com/201503304570/commentary/speaker-s-corner.