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Academic Commentary
8 Aug 2014
by Marjorie Cohn of Thomas Jefferson School of Law

JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law discusses the ongoing conflict in Gaza ... By sending vast amounts of military aid to Israel, members of the US Congress, President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel have aided and abetted the … [read more]


Legal News
1 Aug 2014
by Andrew Morgan

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Thursday urged the international community to end what she called a "climate of impunity" [press release] around the Israel-Palestine conflict. In light of the bombardment of a UN school [Reuters report] in Gaza on Wednesday, Pillay called for "real … [read more]


Academic Commentary
5 Feb 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Linda M. Keller of Thomas Jefferson School of Law explores the potential impacts for the International Criminal Court of new Palestinian status at the UN in part two of this two-part series ...As discussed in Part I, the General Assembly resolution granting Palestine "non-member observer State" status … [read more]


Academic Commentary
29 Jan 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Linda M. Keller of Thomas Jefferson School of Law explores the potential impacts for the International Criminal Court of new Palestinian status at the UN in part one of this two-part series ...The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is reportedly considering … [read more]


Legal News
18 Oct 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] The Israel Supreme Court [official website] on Monday rejected appeals to halt the release of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for a captured Israeli soldier. The petitions arguing against the release of more than 1,000 jailed Palestinians in exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit [BBC backgrounder] were filed by … [read more]


Academic Commentary
24 May 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Gregory Gordon of the University of North Dakota School of Law says that in light of the case of Joshua arap Sang, and for purposes of educating the public and deterring future would-be perpetrators, we need a more accurate understanding of the rapidly evolving area of international … [read more]


Academic Commentary
17 Apr 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie Blank of Emory Law School says the Goldstone "retraction" does not mitigate the report's damaging effects on the law of war. Among the report's flaws, it ignored the element of intent for the war crime of intentionally killing civilians, and it failed to condemn Hamas' endangerment … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [official website] on Sunday called [statement] on the UN to retract the Goldstone Report [text, PDF; JURIST news archive] following statements made by Richard Goldstone in a Washington Post op-ed [text]. The Goldstone Report, which found that Israel committed war crimes [JURIST report] in … [read more]


Academic Commentary
13 Oct 2010

JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of Thomas Jefferson School of Law says despite United Nations Human Rights Council findings that Israel clearly broke international law in its raid of the Gaza Strip Flotilla, the US has yet to condemn the action... On May 31, the Israeli military attacked a flotilla … [read more]


Legal News
21 Sep 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The UN panel of experts [UN materials] tasked with monitoring and assessing investigations into alleged war crimes during the 2008-2009 conflict in the Gaza Strip [JURIST new archives] issued a report [text, PDF; press release] Tuesday criticizing the investigations being carried out by both Israel and Hamas, but positively … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] A group of lawyers on Monday filed a complaint with a Morocco prosecutor seeking the arrest of several high ranking Israeli officials over their involvement in Operation Cast Lead [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The complaint names former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, former foreign minister Tzipi Livni, and … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jul 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) [official website] announced Tuesday that several Israeli soldiers will face disciplinary action [press release] for their role in the 2008-2009 Operation Cast Lead [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in the Gaza strip. The announcement was made following an independent Israeli investigation [JURIST report] into … [read more]


Academic Commentary
21 May 2010

JURIST Guest Columnists Michael Kearney, a lecturer in international law at the University of York (UK), and Victor Kattan, Teaching Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, argue for the recognition of Palestine as a State competent to accept the jurisdiction of the International Criminal … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] The United Nations General Assembly [official website] voted [press release] Friday to give the Israelis and Palestinians additional time to finish their separate investigations into alleged human rights violations that took place during the 2008-2009 conflict in Gaza [JURIST news archive]. The measure, which gives the two parties five … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2010
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] publicly supported [text] the final report [text, PDF] of the UN Fact Finding Mission of the Gaza Conflict [official website] on Wednesday, calling its conclusions sound. The report, originally adopted [JURIST report] by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official website] said Thursday that it is unclear [BBC report] whether Israel and Palestine have fully met UN demands [JURIST report] to set up a commission to investigate war crimes that may occurred during the Gaza conflict [JURIST news archive]. The UN General Assembly [official … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Two high-ranking Israeli military officers have been disciplined for firing shells into a populated area of the Gaza strip during last year's Operation Cast Lead [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], it was revealed Monday. The information was contained in a 46-page report [materials] presented to the UN on Friday describing Israel's role … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2009
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] Many rights in Israel and the Occupied Territories are granted only conditionally according to a report [text, PDF, in Hebrew; press release] released Sunday by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) [advocacy website]. The report found that the state infringes on the fundamental rights of political and … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2009
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] Marking its own 20th anniversary, Israeli human rights group B'Tselem [advocacy website] claimed Sunday that almost 9,000 people have been killed [materials; press release] in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians since 1989. A majority of the deaths - 7,398 - were Palestinians. Of that number, 1,537 were … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2009
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly [official website] on Thursday adopted a resolution giving Israel and Palestine three months to conduct independent investigations into possible war crimes committed during last winter's Gaza conflict [JURIST news archive]. The General Assembly voted 114-18 with 44 abstentions [press release] expressing support for the Goldstone … [read more]

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