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[Nada Kiswanson has represented Afghan victims in proceedings before the International Criminal Court in the Situation in Afghanistan since 2019.] On 27 September 2021, Prosecutor Karim A. Khan decided to focus “investigations in Afghanistan on crimes allegedly committed by the Taliban and the Islamic State – Khorasan Province ("IS-K") and to deprioritise other aspects of this investigation” (“Deprioritisation Decision”). Extraordinarily, he did not identify the “other...

[Thomas Bickl PhD researches dispute resolution issues between the EU and third countries, EU enlargement in the Western Balkans, and Law of the Sea issues. His book on the border dispute between Croatia and Slovenia and its implications for EU enlargement was published by Springer.] This post aims at shedding some light on a territorial dispute along the Danube, Europe’s most...

[Anne Herzberg is the Legal Advisor of NGO Monitor and the UN Representative for the Institute for NGO Research.] On November 2, 2021, Tara Van Ho, Senior Lecturer at Essex University, posted “The Unexpected Trade and Business Implications of Israel’s Attack on Al Haq” at Opinio Juris. In the piece, Van Ho condemns Israel’s designation of six Palestinian NGOs for their...

[Nora Salem is Assistant Professor, Head of the Public International Law Department at the German University in Cairo and Human Rights Law Reporter for Oxford Reports on International Law. She has recently published an entry for the MPEPIL on Sharia Reservations to Human Rights Treaties, as well as a book on The Impact of the UN Women’s Rights Convention on Egypt’s Domestic Legislation (Brill).] In Palestine’s...

[Kritika Sharma is a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law and is writing her PhD in International Criminal Law and International Institutional Law at Leiden University.] Decisions taken by the International Criminal Court (ICC) as well as its international judicial governance institution or ‘injugovin’ the Assembly of States Parties (ASP), have been...

[Robin Ramsahye is a Ph.D. Candidate and Research Associate at the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV), Ruhr-University Bochum.] This May saw an explosion of armed hostilities between Hamas and Israel. Instead of assessing the military conduct of both parties however, this piece focuses on the underlying issue “that has separated Palestinians and Israeli Jews for more...

[Mustafa Tuncer is a PhD Candidate at University of Exeter. His research focuses on the legal situation of civilian vessels in armed conflicts at sea.] Post-Brexit fisheries disputes between the UK and France broke out over the island of Jersey’s territorial waters in an unprecedented way. After the post-Brexit trade deal on 24 December 2020, the government of Jersey, a self-governing...

[Audrey Fino is a lecturer in international human rights, humanitarian and public international law at the University of Groningen, legal consultant at the Extraordinary Chambers for the Courts of Cambodia and a PhD researcher. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author alone.] A year or so after the publication of the 'Report of the Independent Expert Review...

[Melissa Kucinski is an international family law expert based in Washington, D.C. who consults for lawyers globally on their multi-jurisdictional family law cases.] On January 26, 2021, Ms. Narkis Golan requested that the U.S. Supreme Court grant a writ of certiorari in the ongoing saga between her and Mr. Isacco Saada concerning their child. Several years ago, Ms. Golan traveled from...

[Lisa Reinsberg is an international human rights lawyer and the founding executive director of the International Justice Resource Center.] I nodded along with Moisés Montiel’s recent post, in which he called for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to provide an individualized explanation when rejecting petitions at the initial processing stage. The secondary effects of the IACHR’s pro forma rejections can include second-guessing, cynicism, and resentment...

[Ahmed Abofoul is a Legal Researcher at Al-Haq’s International Legal Research and Advocacy Department.] Introduction On 19 October 2021, the Israeli Defense Ministry, Benny Gantz, designated six Palestinian human rights and civil society organizations (CSOs) as “terrorist organizations,” under Israel’s domestic Counter-Terrorism Law of 2016. On 7 November 2021, it was reported that the Israeli army had issued a military order extending...

[Amanda Ghahremani is a lawyer and consultant specialising in international criminal law, corporate accountability, and universal jurisdiction. Raquel Vazquez Llorente is the Permanent Representative to the International Criminal Court for FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights).] In June 2021, Karim Khan started his nine-year mandate as the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). To commemorate the occasion, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) has been...