The Panopticon of International Law: B’Tselem’s Camera Project and the enforcement of International Law in a Transitional Society.

Miretski, P.P. and Bachmann, S.-D. , 2015. The Panopticon of International Law: B’Tselem’s Camera Project and the enforcement of International Law in a Transitional Society. Osgoode Hall Law Journal, 52 (1), pp. 235-262.

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Abstract

This paper analyzes the influence of transnational non state actors on compliance with international legal rules, as part of Foucault’s power/knowledge structure. Particularly it examines the effect of the “Shooting Back” project, by the Israeli NGO B’Tselem, on the level of investigations of alleged violations of the law of occupation. According to Bentham’s principles of Panoptism, power should be visible and unverifiable. The implementation of these principles by transnational actors is highlighted by the “Shooting Back” project in Israel. In 2007 the NGO B’Tselem supplied Palestinians living in high-conflict areas with video-cameras in order to capture, expose, and “seek redress for” human rights violations in the Occupied Territories. This project caused soldiers and their commanders to become aware of the possibility that they and their actions are being observed and documented, without knowing the exact source of the observer It also demonstrates the potential role of transnational actors in conflict resolution , who through their geographical spread and the use of affordable means of communication can assist in the implementation of Bentham’s principles.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0030-6185
Additional Information:Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 54/ 2014. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2467742
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Media School
ID Code:22031
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:08 Jun 2015 10:42
Last Modified:06 Jul 2016 10:28

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