Home > Website archive > Public events > Events > 2010 > Inhumane, illegal and insane: A Medieval Siege on Gaza in 2010

Inhumane, illegal and insane: A Medieval Siege on Gaza in 2010

IHL Project public lecture

Date: Tuesday 1 June 2010
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue:  New Theatre, East Building
Speaker: John Ging
Chair: Professor Christine Chinkin

Through a policy of siege lasting nearly three years, the 1.5 million people of Gaza have been isolated, impoverished and largely ignored by the outside world. John Ging, Director of UNRWA Operations, discusses the counter-productivity of the siege on Gaza – a medieval measure which threatens to destroy the mentality, mindsets and outlook of hundreds of thousands of innocents in a process designed to unravel the fabric of civilised society. Left to respond to ever-growing needs, UNRWA in Gaza is not only concerned with the harsh realities of daily life, but also with future prospects for peace and stability.

On 1 February 2006, John Ging was appointed Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza, having charge of UNRWA’s $450 million Humanitarian and Human Development programs. Through over 10,000 staff, UNRWA provides education, health care, social services and a large program of emergency humanitarian assistance to over one million Palestine refugees in Gaza.

Immediately prior to joining UNRWA, Mr. Ging worked in the Balkans, most recently as the Chief of Staff of the Institution Building Pillar within the United Nations Mission in Kosovo. Prior to that, he worked for eight years in Bosnia and Herzegovina where he served as the Chief of Staff for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Ging was seconded by the Irish Government as Regional Field Director with the Irish NGO GOAL, having charge of their Emergency Relief and Development Aid programs in five countries of the Great Lakes Region in Africa following the Rwandan genocide.

Between 1989 and 1994, he served three tours of duty as a United Nations Peacekeeper with UNIFIL, beginning his career in the Irish Defence Forces in 1983 as a Commissioned Officer.

A lawyer (Barrister-at-Law) by profession, his educational background spans a number of disciplines. He holds a primary and two post-graduate university degrees, having completed studies in Law, Sociology and Political Science.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, email events@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 6043.

Media queries: please contact the Press Office if you would like to reserve a press seat or have a media query about this event, email pressoffice@lse.ac.uk  


We aim to make all LSE events available as a podcast subject to receiving permission from the speaker/s to do this, and subject to no technical problems with the recording of the event. Podcasts are normally available 1-2 working days after the event.


You can get immediate notification on the availability of an event podcast by following LSE public lectures and events on Twitter, which will also inform you about the posting of transcripts and videos, the announcement of new events and other important event updates.


This event has been certified for CPD purposes by the CPD Certification Service. Self-Assessment Record forms will be made available for delegates wishing to record further learning and knowledge enhancement for Continuing Personal and Professional Development (CPD) purposes. For delegates who wish to obtain a CPD Certificate of Attendance, it is the responsibility of delegates to register their details with a LSE steward at the end of the event and as of 1 September 2014 a certificate will be sent within 28 days of the date of the event attended by the CPD Certification Service.  If a delegate fails to register their details at the event, it will not prove possible to issue a certificate. (For queries relating to CPD Certificates of attendance after a request please phone 0208 840 4383 or email info@cpduk.co.uk).


If you are planning to attend this event and would like details on how to get here and what time to arrive, as well as on accessibility and special requirements, please refer to LSE Events FAQ.  LSE aims to ensure that people have equal access to these public events, but please contact the events organiser as far as possible in advance if you have any access requirements so that arrangements, where possible, can be made. If the event is ticketed, please ensure you get in touch in advance of the ticket release date. Access Guides to all our venues can be viewed online.