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  • Lecturer position at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the University of Galway
    There is a position currently advertised at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the University of Galway. The Centre is recruiting a lecturer in international law, with specialist expertise in international humanitarian law, international criminal law, peace operations or public international law. The deadline for applications is 29 February 2024. Further details can be found at: https://www.universityofgalway.ie/about-us/jobs/.
  • ICJ provisional measures Order in Preventing Genocide in the Gaza Strip case (South Africa v. Israel)
    The ICJ issued its provisional measures orders on Friday, 26 January 2024. Read the summary (prepared by the Registry), the Order English French. The individual opinions: Declaration of Judge Xue English; Dissenting opinion of Judge Sebutinde English; Declaration of Judge Bhandari English; Declaration of Judge Nolte English; Separate opinion of Judge ad hoc Barak English. The dispositif of the Order reads: THE COURT,Indicates the following provisional measures:(1) By fifteen votes to two,The State of Israel shall, in accordance with its obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, in relation to Palestinians in Gaza, take all…
  • Provisional measures in the Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel)
    While awaiting the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ or Court) order on provisional measures, which should come sometime next week, and in any event before 5 February 2024 latest (given the change in the current composition of the Court on 6 February 2024), this blogpost tries to summarize the arguments presented by South Africa and Israel before the ICJ respectively on 11 and 12 January (in a single round of oral pleadings), and reflect briefly on what to expect next. For the provisional measures procedure, besides there being a dispute between the parties, five legal aspects are important. First, there…
  • Application of the Genocide Convention to the Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel)
    Introduction On Friday, 29 December 2023, South Africa seized the International Court of Justice (ICJ or Court) with a case against Israel under Article IX of the 1948 Genocide Convention. This blogpost tries to highlight some of the main points raised in the Application instituting proceedings (84 pages) and related issues concerning the case. Structure and main grounds of the complaint The Application instituting proceedings has 8 sections, starting with section 1 – introduction (paras. 1-7); section 2 – on the jurisdiction of the court (paras. 8-17); section 3 – on the facts (A. Introduction, paras. 18-20; B. Background, paras.…
  • Proceedings instituted by South Africa against the State of Israel on 29 December 2023
    The ICJ Press Release to this case reads as follows (the links to the press release and the application instituting proceedings are included at the end): THE HAGUE, 29 December 2023. South Africa today filed an application instituting proceedings against Israel before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, concerning alleged violations by Israel of its obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (the “Genocide Convention”) in relation to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. According to the Application, “acts and omissions by Israel . . .…

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  • Any role for international law societies concerning the latest escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian armed conflict?
    Some context concerning the latest escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 7 October 2023 The indiscriminate attacks launched by Hamas militants on 7 October 2023, resulting in about 1,200 Israelis killed and several thousands’ wounded (also in following days), with about 240 persons forcefully detained and taken back to the Gaza Strip, including children and elderly persons, took the world by surprise. What rightfully and immediately followed was the condemnation of these attacks by Heads of States and Governments, many emphasizing Israel’s right to defend itself without making any qualifications. Since then, due to military action by the Israeli army,…
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