Title: Rethinking the Principle of National Self-Determination: Toward a New Approach for the Question of Palestine
Stream: Interdisciplinary - Conflict Resolution and Mediation Studies
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Hani Abdelhadi, Keio University, Japan
Several ideas have been proposed to solve the Question of Palestine, but it is known that none of them actually succeeded. Representative examples include the two-state solution for the separation and independence of Israel and Palestine and the one-state solution for the coexistence of two ethnic groups within one country. This study examined methodological problems common to the two main ideas to contribute to the development of viable and sustainable solutions in the future. In conclusion, the most important problem is that these ideas, while tolerating to a certain extent the legitimacy of the nationalistic aspirations of the two ethnic groups, fail to respond either to achieve sustainable segregation and stabilization or to adjust them within a country. To cope with this problem, this study discussed the possibility of introducing a governance system in which sovereignty overlaps within the same territory based on the personal statutes (lex personalis), through the relativization of the principle of national self-determination and the conventional nation-state system.
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