Author Archives: Michael Lynk

About Michael Lynk

Michael Lynk teaches labour law and constitutional law at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario. He also writes regularly on the legal aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 1989, he worked as a refugee affairs officer for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Jerusalem.

Following UN settlement report, the path forward for Palestinian leadership is clear — take Israel to the International Criminal Court


More than anything else the Palestinian leadership could do, seeking membership in the International Criminal Court and preparing to bring a complaint against Israel for its settlements has the potential for dramatically altering the political landscape in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A victory at the International Criminal Court would isolate Israel, require the West to acknowledge the force of its own laws, re-establish the importance of universal values and, most hopefully, begin to re-set some of the dysfunctional asymmetry of power between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Roots of Resistance: Memories of Nablus

In 1989, Michael Lynk left his job as a lawyer and joined UNRWA to serve as a refugee affairs officer in Jerusalem. Here he describes experiencing the intifada in the Balata, Askar and Am’ari refugee camps. This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.”

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