Let the Investigation Begin: The International Criminal Court, Israel and the Palestinian Territories
Opinion

Let the Investigation Begin: The International Criminal Court, Israel and the Palestinian Territories

In a 2-1 decision, the court found that “Palestine qualifies as ‘the State on the territory of which the conduct in question occurred’ for the purposes” of the Rome Statute.  This was so because Palestine had been accorded the status of a non-Member observer State in the United Nations, and in doing so, “would be…

The ICC’s Indefensible Decision on Alleged UK War Crimes in Iraq
Opinion

The ICC’s Indefensible Decision on Alleged UK War Crimes in Iraq

Support for the rule of international law, and for the institutions which uphold it, is one of the principles of my writings. I have therefore always been extremely keen to defend and support the International Criminal Court, despite widespread criticism that it is simply a tool for use against leaders in the developing world and…

Russia Respects International Law, But Won’t Let It Be Exploited for Lawfare
Opinion

Russia Respects International Law, But Won’t Let It Be Exploited for Lawfare

The recent amendments to the Russian Constitution confirm that domestic document’s precedence over international law, and while Russia still respects the latter, it won’t ever let it be exploited for “lawfare” like in the Yukos case. The Russian people overwhelmingly voted over the summer for a series of amendments to their constitution, one of the…

The International Criminal Court: Now Simply Indefensible
Opinion

The International Criminal Court: Now Simply Indefensible

Support for the rule of international law, and for the institutions which uphold it, is one of the principles of this blog. I have therefore always been extremely keen to defend and support the International Criminal Court, despite widespread criticism that it is simply a tool for use against leaders in the developing world and…