Can companies do business with Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory while respecting human rights?

Hosted by The Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy and the Department of Law

Alumni Theatre, New Academic Building, United Kingdom


Peter Frankental

Economic Relations Programme Director Amnesty International, UK

Dr. Jan Kleinheisterkamp

LSE Law Department, Transnational Law Project

Dr. Phyllis Starkey

Independent Policy Adviser and Former MP

Peter Webster

CEO of the EIRIS Foundation


Andrea Shemberg

LSE Visiting Fellow, Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy

This lecture will reflect on the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights report on companies doing business in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).  

The report states that “...violations of human rights associated with the settlements are pervasive and devastating, reaching every facet of Palestinian life,” citing restrictions on movement, freedom of religion, education and land ownership faced by Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. It goes on to say that “[b]usinesses play a central role in furthering the establishment, maintenance and expansion of Israeli settlements,” and it describes the role of Israel in encouraging business to operate in settlements by providing financial incentives. Importantly, the report poses a set of live questions that governments, investors, companies, consumers and others should be asking: Can companies operate in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and fulfill their responsibility to respect human rights? If so, what are the criteria for judging whether they are doing so?

Please join us for a public event to discuss these questions and deepen our understanding of business and human rights in occupied territories. 

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