Book Review: Is There a Court for Gaza? A Test Bench for International Justice
Journal of International Criminal Justice, Vol 11, No 2 (2013) pp. 494-498
5 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2013 Last revised: 11 Mar 2018
Date Written: May 1, 2013
Notwithstanding the pressures undermining the proper application of international law, Meloni and Tognoni indicate that global civil society and third states concerned with the promotion of international law, and respect for their domestic legal orders which incorporate it, could alter Israel’s unlawful practices. Initiatives that have sought to devise innovative legal arguments to facilitate claims against Israel’s accomplices include the work of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, which brought to light important facts about the incongruence between the activities of international actors and their purported foreign interests and legal obligations.
As a work that contributes both archival documentation and important analysis, this volume documents the diversity of initiatives for justice in the Palestinian-Israeli context, their defeats and notable achievements. Nearly four years after Israel’s offensive, this important chronicle provides a solemn narrative of the UN Fact-Finding Mission’s work and Palestine’s turn to the ICC at the crossroads between the politics of international justice and the interests of states to combat impunity for the type of atrocities that have taken place in Gaza and the West Bank for over four decades.
Keywords: international law, international criminal court, international justice, Palestine-Israel
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