Human rights litigation and the transition from policing to warfare: the case of Israel and its governance of the West Bank and Gaza in the Al-Aqsa Intifada

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This article explores the relationship between human rights NGOs and state/military policies in the case of Israeli organisations operating in West Bank and Gaza. The article focuses on a period of fundamental change in Israel’s management of the West Bank and Gaza unfolding alongside the Al-Aqsa Intifada, a transition from a framework of policing to a framework informed by the logic of war. It argues that NGO litigation, in this case, aided broader legal/political shifts that drifted away from a human rights agenda. Based on the Israeli/Palestinian case, the article aims to contribute to scholarship critically reflecting on human rights NGOs’ position vis-à-vis the state and broader geo-political processes of change.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-313
Number of pages19
JournalThe Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2017


  • human rights
  • NGO
  • policing
  • warfare

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