An International Legal Demarche for Human Rights? Prospects and Perils of the Palestinian UN Bid
International Journal of Human Rights, Vol 18, No 4-5, (2014) pp. 527-544
Posted: 1 Sep 2013 Last revised: 28 Mar 2018
Date Written: September 1, 2013
The Palestinian UN bid has the potential to enhance Palestinian claims for respect of human rights and international law and mobilise international opposition to Israel’s unlawful conduct. Participation in international organisations and ratification of treaties would fortify Palestine’s legal and political status within the international legal order, enabling it to call for the non-recognition by third states of unlawful Israeli conduct in the context of their inter-state relations with Israel. The UN bid’s also facilitates access to international courts, including the ICJ and ICC, which may further efforts to deter Israel’s unlawful conduct and contribute to the production of normative assessments of situations under Palestinian jurisdiction.
Keywords: Public international law, international human rights law, international institutions, third state responsibility, International Criminal Court, UNESCO, Palestine/Israel
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