• Jerusalem’s Legal Status: A Bibliographic Overview

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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

    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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  • 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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