Perspectives on Law, Conflict and Economic Development in the Middle East

Editors: Koen Byttebier & Kim Van der Borght

Associate Editor: Cailin Mackenzie

At a time of constant change in the diplomatic and political debate, Imagining a Shared Future: Perspectives on Law, Conflict and Economic Development in the Middle East contributes to the discussion and development of solutions to the stagnating economic situation in Palestine.

All too often economic aspects of the development of this region, and their role in building a sustainable future, are ignored or considered in sectoral or thematic isolation. Imagining a Shared Future: Perspectives on Law, Conflict and Economic Development in the Middle East brings together a variety of papers from multiple disciplines, written by experts from the region and beyond, with a view to breaking some of this isolated thinking.

From the longstanding question of the return of refugees, to the treatment of the Bedouin population of Israel, to the concept of spacio-cide and the destruction of land and land rights, this compilation offers the reader the opportunity to reconsider issues with new insights and face some of the challenges that must be met in the move for reform and development.

Imagining a Shared Future: Perspectives on Law, Conflict and Economic Development in the Middle East not only provides original analyses and ideas about Israeli, Palestinian and international legislation and actors, investment, funding, and particular economic sectors, but also considers how more subtle issues such as limited legal frameworks or misuse of legislation and tax regimes, all create obstacles to economic development and a sustainable future. 

Imagining a Shared Future: Perspectives on Law, Conflict and Economic Development in the Middle East should be read by policy makers, scholars, economists, activists and businessmen, particularly those interested in economic development in the Middle East, but also by anyone wanting a deeper understanding of the realities and obstacles arising out of the Israeli Occupation of the Palestinian Territories which block economic development, a sustainable future, and an end to conflict.

Kim Van der Borght is Professor of International Economic Law at the Centre for Economic Law & Governance (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). He is Reader in Law at Westminster University (England) and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Georgia (USA).

He is President of the Belgian Branch of the International Law Association.

He is on the Editorial Board of Human Rights and International Legal Discourse (Intersentia Publishers) and corresponding editor for International Legal Materials (American Society of International Law).

He is coordinator of the European Consortium supporting the Institute of Law at Birzeit University, Palestine.

He is an accredited arbitrator (CEPINA), a legal adviser on issues of international trade, investment and intellectual property rights affiliated to the dispute settlement programme of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), a member of the International Trade Law Committee of the International Law Association and listed on the Roster of Panellists of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). He is an independent advisor for the Strategic Council on the International Relations of the Flemish Region, a governmental advisory body.

He has held a visiting position or has given guest lectures at the Brussels School of International Studies (University of Kent at Canterbury), Columbia University Law School, Shanghai University, Tongji University, Hainan Institute for Reform and Development, Hainan University, Xiamen University, University of Georgia, City University of Hong Kong, Kansas University, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Moscow State University, University of Catanzaro, University of East London, Birzeit University, Gaeddu College of Business Studies, Royal University of Bhutan, Indian Law Society’s Law College (ILS) (Pune, India) and Bhartiya Vidyapeeth New Law College (Pune, India).


Koen Byttebier started his academic career with a PhD on hostile takeovers from the University of Ghent (1992). He worked as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Ghent for two years before joining the University of Brussels (VUB) in 1994.

He specialises in commercial law, company law, contract law and public enterprise law.

He has written several textbooks and numerous articles in his fields of specialisation and speaks regularly at national and international conferences. He conceived and is series editor of the Publications of the Centre for Economic Law (Maklu/Kluwer). He is on the editorial board of Tijdschrift voor Financieel Recht [Journal for Financial Law] and the Tijdschrift voor Belgisch Handelsrecht [Belgian Commercial Law Journal]. His publications include numerous articles in the fields of company law, financial law, insolvency law, collateral law and commercial law in general.

Koen Byttebier is a lawyer, an active arbitrator and a director of t-groep (including t-interim and Ascento) (independent company established by the Flemish government).


Cailin C E Mackenzie holds an LLB and a Maîtrise in Law from the Universities of London and Paris I respectively, she was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1992, and holds a PhD from the University of Hull. She left the University of Hull to work as a Senior Legal Researcher at Birzeit University in Palestine.

She is currently a post doctoral fellow at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and a freelance consultant to NGOs and academics providing training in communication and advocacy.

ISBN 13: 978 1 907174 13 1

• Hardback • 2011 • £110.00