Colonel (res.) Adv. Pnina Sharvit Baruch is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) and heads its Program on Law and National Security. Adv. Sharvit Baruch holds an LL.B. and LL.M. degree (both magna cum laude) from Tel Aviv University.
She retired from the Israel Defense Forces in 2009, after serving in the International Law Department of the Military Advocate General (MAG) Unit for twenty years, five of which (2003 – 2009), she was head of the Department. In this capacity, she was a senior legal advisor responsible for advising IDF commanders and decision makers at the governmental level on a wide variety of issues relating to international law and administrative law, among them: the laws of armed conflict and occupation of territory; naval law; counter-terrorism; security liaison; border demarcation; and conflict resolution. She commanded the operational legal advisors at the IDF. Adv. Sharvit Baruch also served as a legal advisor in Israel’s delegations to negotiations with the Palestinians, from the early contacts and thereafter. In 2000, she also participated in the negotiations with Syria.
Following her retirement from the IDF she was a lecturer at the faculty of Law at the Tel Aviv University, where she taught courses on public international law and on legal aspects of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. She also taught a course on the laws of armed conflict at the Israel National Defense College.
To look at these [Oslo] agreements as reflecting some kind of coercive measure intended to deprive Palestinians of their rights is really looking at it upside down. It’s exactly the opposite.
Pnina Sharvit-Baruch provides a better understanding of the Oslo Accords. As someone who has participated in the negotiations with the Palestinians as legal advisor, she explains, where the Prosecutor erred in her interpretation of these agreements. Sharvit-Baruch is hopeful to achieve a final status agreement between Israelis and Palestinians but believes that the ICC’s intervention in the matter will drive the parties further apart than they already are.