Self-Determination in the Palestine Context

23 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2007

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John Bernard Quigley

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Date Written: September 2007


The conflict between Hamas and the PLO-affiliated Palestinian parties has raised anew the question of self-determination, and what it means in regard to the conflicting claims to territory in Israel/Palestine. Self-determination emerged as a concept in the international community in the early twentieth century. Whether it remained a political idea only, or whether it became solidified as a norm of international law has been contested. The better side of this argument is that self-determination became accepted as a legal norm, through recognition of it by states and by international organizations.

Keywords: Balfour, United Nations, repatriation, Fatah

JEL Classification: K30, K39

Suggested Citation

Quigley, John Bernard, Self-Determination in the Palestine Context (September 2007). Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 101, Available at SSRN: or

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