Public International Law

[Avraham Russell Shalev is a lawyer and researcher at Kohelet Policy Forum in Israel] Editors’ Note: This article is a response to a post by Alonso Gurmendi, available here. To read Alonso’s rejoinder, please see here. In a recent article, Alonso Gurmendi responded to a legal opinion released by the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists in the context of the...

[Jinan Bastaki is Associate Professor of Legal Studies at New York University, Abu Dhabi.] I previously wrote about third-state responsibility for the prevention of genocide in the South Africa v Israel case, where the International Court of Justice (ICJ) affirmed the erga omnes nature of the obligation to prevent, suppress and punish genocide (para. 33). But what does the duty to...

[Alonso Gurmendi Dunkelberg is a Lecturer in International Relations at King’s College London] On Thursday, the International Court of Justice (“ICJ” or “the Court”) issued a second round of provisional measures in the case of South Africa v. Israel. As readers will remember, in January, the Court ordered Israel, among other things, to “take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of all acts within...

[Mark A. Drumbl is Class of 1975 Alumni Professor of Law and Director, Transnational Law Institute, Washington and Lee University.] In late February 2024, the city of Freetown hosted a Legacy Conference for the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL). The event’s goal was to raise awareness of the SCSL’s contributions to international justice, peace, and security. It ably succeeded in this regard. I...

[Romina Edith Pezzot is currently a PhD researcher in international law and a teaching assistant at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. Her current research focus on the interaction between international environmental law, climate change law and international humanitarian law. She holds a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires and a master’s degree in international law from the Graduate Institute.] Introduction Last 24th February 2024 marked 2 years...

[Rana Moustafa Essawy is an Assistant Professor of Public International Law at Alexandria University (Egypt).] On the 26th of February, Israel submitted its report, as ordered by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), to demonstrate what measures it has adopted to comply with the Court’s order for provisional measures in the South Africa v. Israel case. To recap, the Court ordered...

[Andre Kwok is a former United Nations legal consultant at the Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. He was a Westpac Scholar at the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Law and is currently a research assistant at the Australian Centre for Space Governance.] Amid calls for criminal investigations into the atrocity crimes committed in...

[Dr Iryna Marchuk is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark).] On 5 March 2024, the International Criminal Court (ICC) dropped bombshell news when it announced the issuance of arrest warrants for Russian top military commanders, namely Sergei Kobylash, a Lietetent General and the Commander of the Long-Range Aviation of the Aerospace Force, and Viktor Sokolov, an Admiral and...

[Elke Schwarz is a Reader and Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at Queen Mary University London.] The scale of violence and destruction in Gaza is difficult to fathom; the sheer existential terror the civilian population experiences is unspeakable. First the shockingly high daily death toll on account of the military campaign, now the unfolding famine which affects children and the more...

[Christian Henderson is Professor of International Law at the University of Sussex. He is the author of The Use of Force and International Law (2nd end, CUP, 2023)] Introduction A notable aspect of the International Court of Justice’s decision on provisional measures in the South Africa v Israel case was whether, and if so how, the Court might respond to Israel’s overarching legal justification that it...