Murder of Jamal Khashoggi: An International Law Perspective
21 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2020
Date Written: October 2, 2020
The assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi Arabian journalist, inside the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul, Turkey, was sure to raise alarms in the international community. The murder was further scandalized as speculations arose about the involvement of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and investigations revealed gross violations of public international law principles. This paper analyses the limits of consular immunity and the inviolability of consular premises. Further, the violation of the territorial sovereignty of Turkey is in question. It is argued that Turkey as a host country could have prevented the incident, as it was not faced with a conflict of norms because harmonious interpretation of the relevant norms was possible in this instance. An international crime of this magnitude requires the determination of the individual criminal responsibility of the Crown Prince, and a condemnation in the international community. This study is aimed at examining the major international law issues for this incident, that took place in broad daylight, under the garb of consular immunity, against a civilian in protected premises.
Keywords: Public International Law, Consular Immunity, Consular Premises, Territorial Sovereignty, Conflict of Norms, Individual Criminal Responsibility, Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Crown Prince
JEL Classification: K33
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