• Jerusalem and International Law: A Bibliographic Overview

    December 7, 2017

    US President Donald Trump’s pledge to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has caused considerable controversy across the world. If the United States moved the embassy to Jerusalem, it would mean that the US effectively recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. That would overturn 70 years of international consensus, and, many argue, would effectively signal the end of moves to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians. We have created a bibliographic overview on this topic intended as a starting point for research.

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  • Jerusalem’s Legal Status: A Bibliographic Overview

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  • Shabtai Rosenne Memorial Lecture

    March 13, 2017

    On Monday March 20, the Peace Palace Library, the Embassy of Israel in The Hague, Brill-Nijhoff Publishers together with the Rosenne family, are pleased to invite you to the sixth Shabtai Rosenne Memorial Lecture : ‘Negotiating, Drafting, Implementing and Interpreting Peace Agreements’. This year, the Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Tal Becker, legal adviser at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Discussants are: H.E. Judge Julia Sebutinde (ICJ), H.E. Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis, Negotiator of the Greek-Cypriotcommunity in the inter-communal talks on the Cyprus problem and Professor Malcolm N. Shaw QC, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge. To attend this event, please register in advance before March 15 via

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  • The official announcement of the date of the Palestinian accession to the ICC, in the form of a letter from Ban, was posted on a U.N. website. (Photo: Reuters)

    Palestine in the International Criminal Court: impact and consequences!

    January 23, 2015

    The year 2014 ended with a cliff-hanger for the Israeli-Palestinian question. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signed the Rome Statute on New Year’s eve, a day after a UN resolution mandating Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank failed to pass at the Security Council. As a result, on 6 January 2015, the UN secretary-general confirmed by an official note that Palestine will accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court on April 1, 2015. In this blog I will explain the meaning of the Palestinian accession, the procedure of preliminary examination by the International Criminal Court and possible consequences for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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    The Youth Peace Initiative 2014 and the Roadmap to Israeli-Palestinian Permanent Peace!

    October 17, 2014

    Between 11 and 18 October the Youth Peace Initiative 2014 took place in The Hague, international City of Peace and Justice. The Youth Peace Initiative 2014 (YPI 2014) has been set up to get Israeli and Palestinian youth involved with the current peace negotiations between their nations. The YPI 2014 participants discussed and deliberated a whole week to achieve consensus on ideas and solutions for the peace process.

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  • Youth Peace Initiative 2014

    Youth Peace Initiative 2014

    September 30, 2014

    An initiative to get Israeli and Palestinian youth involved in the peace negotiations between their nations. The young adults will get together in The Hague, International City of Peace and Justice. There they will draft their own Roadmap for a Permanent Peace between Israel and the Palestinian Territories. This Roadmap will be presented to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and to the Palestinian and Israeli negotiation teams in the peace process.
     Youth Peace Initiative 2014

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    ICC to Investigate War Crimes in Gaza?

    August 8, 2014

    On July 23, Navi Pillay, the U.N.’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, suggested that attacks on civilians by both Israel and Hamas may have violated international law “in a manner that could amount to war crimes.” Senior British lawyers have written to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, urging it to investigate “crimes” committed in Gaza, including the destruction of homes, hospitals and schools. The lawyers say that it is within the ICC’s jurisdiction to act because the government of Palestine made a declaration in 2009 accepting the court’s role and the UN has since acknowledged Palestine as a non-member observer state.

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  • Embassy Centennial Book Donation Project: Israel and South-Africa

    Embassy Centennial Book Donation Project: Israel and South-Africa

    January 31, 2014

    Our special Embassy Centennial Book Donation Project continues into the new year! This month, The Embassies of Israel and South-Africa have generously donated many books to help us expand our National Law Collections. Find out what publications are now part of the Library Collection.

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  • Lecture “Assessing Developments in the Israeli Military Juvenile Courts”, The Hague Academic Coalition, 7 February 2014

    Lecture “Assessing Developments in the Israeli Military Juvenile Courts”, The Hague Academic Coalition, 7 February 2014

    January 17, 2014

    According to UN figures, 500 to 700 children as young as 12 years from the West Bank have been prosecuted in Israeli military courts and imprisoned. The lecture will begin with an overview of the system with reference to a typical arrest and the military objectives behind it. The focus will then shift to the main developments in the military courts since the establishment of a juvenile court in September 2009, which will be considered and assessed.

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  • Free democratic Israel. Yes

    Free democratic Israel. Yes

    August 16, 2013

    Pro Israel poster with slogan “Free democratic Israel. Yes”

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