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Academic Commentary
20 May 2015
by Larry Eaker of American University of Paris
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Larry Eaker of the American University of Paris discusses the EU's position on the Ukraine Crisis ... "United in Diversity"—The Official EU Motto The sweeping expansion of the EU over the past 20 years has seemed to hit its limits—at least for the immediate future. After absorbing … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jan 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday opened a probe into potential war crimes in Palestinian territories. The probe is the first step toward opening an investigation of both Palestine and Israel relating to the Gaza war [CBS backgrounder] last summer, … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 Jan 2015
by Victor Kattan of National University of Singapore Law Faculty
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Kattan of the National University of Singapore Law Faculty, discusses the reasons for and consequences of Palestine's accession to the ICC and considers possible scenarios for developments around the Palestine question...Israel's decision to delay transferring Palestinian customs and excise revenues to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in response … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jan 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Israel-based rights organization Shurat HaDin Law Center [advocacy website] announced Monday that it has filed a complaint [press release] with the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] accusing three Palestinian leaders of war crimes. The complaint brings accusations of terrorism, torture and civil rights violations against Palestinian Liberation Organization … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jan 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [official profile] on Wednesday signed the Rome Statute [text, PDF] to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] at a meeting in Ramallah. The Rome Statute is the founding treaty of the ICC. It lists the "crimes falling within the jurisdiction of the ICC, … [read more]

Legal News
31 Dec 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Palestinian leaders will meet on Wednesday to plan actions after the UN Security Council [official website] rejected a resolution [AP report] on Tuesday to end Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories within three years. Palestinian officials said they could set a date to apply to join the International Criminal Court … [read more]

Legal News
29 Dec 2014
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [official website] on Monday told US Secretary of State John Kerry [official website] that Palestine plans to submit a resolution for a UN Security Council [official website] statehood bid. The Palestine Liberation Organizaton [official website] specified that: The draft resolution calls for the resumption of … [read more]

Legal News
28 Nov 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius [official profile] in a speech before parliament Friday stated that France would recognize a Palestinian state if international efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict fails. The French Parliament will hold [Reuters report] a symbolic vote on December 2nd on whether the government should recognize … [read more]

21 Nov 2014
by Megan Miller

The international community generally recognizes three elements for statehood: territory, population and recognition by other nation states. It is understood that these states must be sovereign, with the ability to enter into diplomatic and other relationships with its fellow states. Many Western countries have reacted against IS and rejected its … [read more]

21 Nov 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark

In this Feature, JURIST takes a look at various legal issues relating to the Islamic State (IS). IS, also referred to as ISIS or ISIL, is a Middle Eastern-based group that currently occupies territory in Syria and Iraq. Several nations, including the US, have launched air strikes against IS targets … [read more]

Legal News
6 Oct 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The British parliament next week will vote on whether the government should recognize the state of Palestine following its return from recess next Monday. Though the move is unlikely to influence official policy [Reuters report], it would result in increased attention towards the issue and could be favored by … [read more]

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

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]

Academic Commentary
19 Apr 2014
by William Partlett of Columbia University School of Law
edited by Stephanie Kogut

JURIST Guest Columnist William Partlett of Columbia University School of Law discusses the current state of the controversy in Ukraine ... Constitution-making has rapidly moved to the forefront of the East-West standoff in the Ukraine. Prime Minister Arsenii Yatsenyuk recently announced an ambitious schedule for Ukrainian constitution-making that promises a … [read more]

19 Jul 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

Slavery was a socially accepted and promoted practice in Greek and Roman antiquity and in Eastern empires. The modern practice of human trafficking is another iteration in the history of the international slave trade. An intricate global network connected traders in Africa to merchants in emerging European countries, as well … [read more]

Legal News
13 May 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk [official website] on Monday urged [press release] Israel to stop construction of a highway that would cut off the local roads of Palestinian community Beit Safafa. The residents of Beit Safafa were not consulted during during the planning of this six-lane highway, known as … [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]

Academic Commentary
22 Jan 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Megan A. Fairlie of the Florida International University College of Law says the International Criminal Court (ICC) will ultimately delay pursuing an investigation into the effect of Palestine's non-Member Observer State status on the Court's jurisdiction... Almost immediately after the UN General Assembly voted to give Palestine … [read more]

Legal News
24 Dec 2012
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday accused Palestinian military units located in Gaza of violating laws of war by firing rockets into populated areas of Israel. These laws of war [HRW report] prohibit focused attacks on civilians and civilian structures or attacks that distinguish between civilians and … [read more]

Legal News
2 Dec 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Israeli government on Sunday unanimously rejected the recent UN General Assembly [official website] resolution [text] upgrading Palestine's UN status to non-member observer state. In response to the UN action Israel passed its own domestic resolution that rejects the General Assembly's decision entirely [Jerusalem Post report] and claims it … [read more]

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