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Expectations of the Victims of Radovan Karadžić

Richard J. Goldstone and Amanda Hukanović - 30th April 2019

The Appeals Chamber of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (MICT) recently delivered the long-awaited judgement in the appeal of Prosecutor v. Radovan Karadžić. A trial chamber of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) had delivered its judgment on 24 March, 2016. It held that Karadžić, President of the territory known […]

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A Year of Gaza’s Marches of Return: War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity Targeting Protected Groups

Loureen Sayej - 30th March 2019

The independent international commission of inquiry on the protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem (OPT), recently released its report on possible international crimes committed by Israel within the context of the ‘Great March of Return’. The commission investigated the killing of 189 and maiming of 6000 Palestinians and paid special attention to […]

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State of Palestine takes United States to International Court of Justice over Jerusalem Embassy

Loureen Sayej - 8th November 2018

In its consistent diplomatic and legal attempts to salvage the two-State solution based on international law, the State of Palestine instituted a case against the United States of America before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Followed by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination inter-state complaint and the International Criminal […]

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The Prohibition of Torture 70 years after the UDHR

Natasa Mavronicola - 16th October 2018

Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is 70 this December, provides in unequivocal terms that ‘No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment’. There is a duality to the shall: it carries the stipulation, but also the hope, that no one shall again […]

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Why There is No Right of Return

Alon Harel - 28th June 2018

Previously, on this blog, Ms. Loureen Sayej wrote an interesting article entitled Palestinian Refugees and the Right of Return in International Law, arguing in favor of a right of return of Palestinians. I am of the view that this approach is misguided. In this post I will make two arguments. First I will argue that […]

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International Law Violations Underpin Tragedy in Gaza  

Ammy Singh - 28th May 2018

The death of 60 Palestinians under Israeli fire at the Israel-Gaza border fence on May 14 has sent palpable shockwaves through the international community. It is the greatest loss of life on a single day in Gaza since the 2014 Gaza War, and has cast renewed international attention on the legality of Israel’s resort to […]

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Addressing Gender Violence: The Urgent Need for Introspection by the ICC

Chandni Ghatak - 13th February 2018

The International Criminal Court (ICC) will celebrate its twentieth anniversary in 2018. While this torchbearer of hope has done much good, it has not quite fully achieved in addressing crimes involving ‘conflict related sexual violence’. Crimes such as rape, forced sterilisation etc; are already recognised as crimes against humanity by Article 7 of the Rome Statute. […]

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Retroactively Legalizing Illegal Settlements: What’s the ‘Greater Jerusalem’ Bill?

Loureen Sayej - 10th January 2018

With Israeli settlement expansion continuing unabated in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the Israeli Knesset’s ministerial committee was scheduled to approve a bill referred to as the “Greater Jerusalem Bill.” The Bill represents a legislative effort by the Knesset to institutionalize the settlement enterprise and to ensure a “Jewish majority” in the city. After […]

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President Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem: A Legal Analysis

Loureen Sayej - 11th December 2017

In a proclamation signed on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump unilaterally  recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, departing from the policy of successive US administrations which recognized the status of Jerusalem as that of an occupied territory. Trump’s declaration was followed by international recriminations. The status of Jerusalem is a matter of high contention. While Israel […]

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