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[Jinan Bastaki is Associate Professor of Legal Studies at New York University, Abu Dhabi] On 26 January 2024, the International Court of Justice issued an interim order in response to South Africa’s application instituting proceedings against Israel alleging violations of the Genocide Convention for its actions in the Gaza Strip since 7 October 2023 (South Africa v Israel). The Court found...

[Alexandra L Phelan is a global health lawyer, Senior Scholar at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, and an Associate Professor (PAR) in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.] In October 2023, editors from over 200 medical journals published a call for the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the environmental crisis...

[Kyle Shen is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Occidental College, and studies international organizations’ roles in transitional justice and regime change. The author is grateful to Jeffrey Zerda for comments that greatly improved this blogpost. All errors remain his own.] Within the last two years, two situations under investigation by the ICC have seen the outbreak of major conflicts with allegations...

[Ruby Mae Axelson is a Senior Legal Advisor with Global Rights Compliance specialising in the area of international criminal law and gender justice. Prachiti Venkatraman is a Legal Advisor with Global Rights Compliance, primarily practising in the areas of international criminal, human rights and humanitarian law.] The systemic oppression that has characterised the decades long Israeli apartheid and occupation of Palestinian territory...

[Rosemary Grey is a Senior Lecturer at Sydney Law School, within the University of Sydney, researching in the field of international criminal law. Ludmila Stern is a Professor at UNSW in the field of interpreting studies, whose research examines interpreter-mediated communication in complex legal/courtroom settings, including those of war trials in national and international courts.] Conducting atrocity trials in multiple languages is...

[Juliette McIntyre is a Lecturer in Law at the University of South Australia and a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. Audrey Plan is an ERC a postdoctoral researcher at University College Dublin's Sutherland School of Law.] Introduction The courtroom is, as Bentham once said, a ‘theatre of justice’. Like, fr bruh. Wait, what?  The last few weeks saw, perhaps for the first...

[Milena Sterio is the Charles R. Emrick Jr. - Calfee Halter & Griswold Professor of Law at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Managing Director at the Public International Law & Policy Group.] On January 26, 2024, the International Court of Justice issued five provisional measures in the South Africa v. Israel case, brought by South Africa under the...

[Dr Madelaine Chiam is an Associate Professor at La Trobe University. Dr Monique Cormier is a Senior Lecturer at Monash University. Dr Anna Hood is an Associate Professor at the University of Auckland.] 1. Open Letters as a Genre of International Legal Practice It is not a new phenomenon for international lawyers to respond to (some) international events through open letters. Groups of international lawyers objected...

[Arifur Rahman is reading for the LLM in Human Rights at NYU School of Law as  a Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar. He was a shortlisted candidate for the Global Hauser Scholarship. He completed his LLB and an LLM in International Law from the University of Dhaka.] Gender identity is usually considered a vexed idea and thus hotly debated globally. More often...

[Luciano Pezzano is Professor of Human Rights in the University of Business and Social Sciences (UCES, Argentina) and Lecturer of Public International Law in the National University of Cordoba (UNC, Argentina)] The political and legal implications of the decision by South Africa to bring Israel before the ICJ under the Genocide Convention are countless, even pending the Court’s decision on the...

[Manuel J. Ventura is the Deputy Director of the Australian Defence Force Indo-Pacific Centre for Military Law, Defence Legal Division, Department of Defence of Australia and an Adjunct Fellow/Lecturer of international law at Western Sydney University.] The views expressed herein are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Defence of Australia, the...

Universities are in a topsy-turvy state. They face enormous and often contradictory pressures from a mix of protagonists including governments and parents, corporations and alumni. These pressures are dwarfed only by the worries of our students, anxious about the direction of the global political economy and the implications for their futures. Each group looks to the tertiary sector for...