Guglielmo Verdirame

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Guglielmo Verdirame is a professor of international law in the Department of War Studies at King's College London and a barrister at 20 Essex Street.[1]


Pro-Israel lobby connections

In September 2011 he chaired a UK Lawyers for Israel roundtable discussion on the implications of the Palestinian bid for recognition as a state.[2]

In October 2012, he participated in a Zionist Federation 'knowledge seminar for Israel advocates' in London and gave a presentation on 'The Use of Force by Israel under International Law'.[3]

BBC analysis

In November 2012, towards the end of an eight-day assault on Gaza by Israel, Verdirame wrote an article for BBC Online which presented similar arguments and emphasised Israel's legal right to self-defence.[4]

Legal advice to G4S

Verdirame, along with Hugo Slim of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, was commissioned by security company G4S to produce a report entitled 'Human Rights Review of G4S Israel: Human Rights Report and Legal Opinion' in April and May 2014. The report concluded that G4S 'has no causal or contributory role in human rights violations.' It also claimed that 'campaigns against companies form a key part of a wider strategy by the Palestinian solidarity movement to delegitimize the State of Israel'.[5]




  1. Guglielmo Verdirame, War Studies - Professors, accessed 7 June 2014
  2. Activities, UK Lawyers for Israel, accessed 1 April 2014
  3. Knowledge Seminar, Zionist Federation, 28 October 2012, accessed 7 June 2014
  4. Gaza crisis: The legal position of Israel and Hamas, BBC Online, 20 November 2012, accessed 7 June 2014
  5. Human Rights Report and Legal Opinion: Summary of Independent Review, Human Rights Review of G4S Israel, G4S, 2 June 2014, accessed 7 June 2014