JERUSALEM, Israel -- Jerusalem is the most contested city in the world. But who does it belong to according to international law?
A two-day conference, entitled "The Status of Jerusalem Under International Law, Future Options for the City," addressed that crucial question this week.
The conference highlighted the research of Dr. Jacques Gautier, a lawyer and expert in international law who presented his work to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.
"The intention was to present the facts," Gautier told CBN News.
Gautier's work, called "Sovereignty over the Old City of Jerusalem,"a is 1,300 pages long, with 3,200 footnotes. It took 25 years of research to produce.
"I found there was a moment in history when decisions were made under international law that are pertinent and relevant today," he said.
Gautier points to the 1920 San Remo Conference. After World War I, the Supreme Council of the Allied Powers, with the legal authority, decided "in favor of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people."
"In fact, Chaim Weizman, who attended this conference, immediately declared this is the most important moment in the history of the Jewish people since the Exile. It's the turning point from the point of view of international law," Gautier said.
"It's already been decided. And I want the world to stop ignoring what took place in San Remo; what took place with the council of the League of Nations," he continued.
Yet most of the world either denies, ignores, or is ignorant of the right given to the Jewish people under international law.
"Right now in the media (and) at the U.N., you constantly hear that the Jewish people are there as outlaws, they're trespassers, they're thieves, they're wrongfully there," Gautier explained.
"If my conclusions are well founded and they're in fact there as a right, according to international law and they're not thieves," he said.
"We cannot deny the rights that have been given to the Jewish people," he concluded.
After 25 years of research, Gautier is convinced all of Jerusalem has been granted to the Jewish people as part of their national homeland.