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Sharon Weill

Israel and Palestine: International Law Updates

[A rally in support of the Palestinian Authority's statehood bid in Ramallah, West Bank. Image by Ali Mustafa.]

  This brief report provides information related to three recent developments in international law related to Israel and Palestine:  The International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s decision as to whether Palestine qualifies as a state for purposes of accepting the court’s jurisdiction;  UNESCO’s granting of membership to Palestine; and  Ongoing investigations concerning Operation Cast Lead.  Israel, Palestine and the International ...

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Does International Law Shelter States from Accountability?

European Court of Human Rights. Photo by Frank Muller.

Regrettably, states’ power to protect themselves and to ensure impunity has continued to grow in recent years. This paper discusses two recent examples of this political trend: the far-reaching reaction to Judge Baltasar Garzon’s legal decision not to apply the 1977 Spanish Amnesty Law to crimes against humanity committed during the Franco regime, and the recent International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on state immunity according to which a state is immune from ...

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Sharon Weill is a Ph.D. Candidate at Geneva University, a lecturer in International Humanitarian Law at Tel Aviv and Paris II universities, and a research fellow at the Geneva Academy of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.