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While international law could aid Palestinian leadership to contest U.S. President Donald Trump's recent Jerusalem decision, attorneys and experts suggested Wednesday that it was unlikely such legislation would be used in an international court.Speaking alongside Erakat was Anis Fawzi Kassem, attorney and chairman of the Legal Aid Fund for the Defense of Palestinian Detainees.Erakat opened the first panel on the role of international law in both potentially advancing and impeding Palestine's path to national liberation. Speaking after Erakat, Kassem also raised the issue of double standards in how international law is sometimes used.He drew upon the 1920 British mandate for Palestine, in which a "Jewish national home" was promised while preserving "civil and religious rights" of non-Jewish Palestinians, as one such example. Although Kassem and Erakat tackled the issue of international law and the Palestinian plight from differing angles, both concluded that little has been done on the Palestinian side to properly use international law as an instrument for self-determination.
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