Israel, the ICC and International Law - New Israel Fund Australia

Israel, the ICC and International Law

Mon 10 Feb 2020 at 7:30pm

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On 20 December 2019, the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court announced that she is ready to initiate an investigation into the ‘situation of Palestine’. This marks the completion of its five-year preliminary examination which found a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes have or are being committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

Join Dr Michelle Lesh, a globally recognised expert on international law, to understand what may come up during the potential investigation, including settlement activities, and Hamas and IDF conduct during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza 2014.

One significant aspect of the case is the unexpected step taken by Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, who requested that the judges first determine the Court’s ability to exercise jurisdiction. This question, of whether Palestine is a state, has evoked intense reaction from the government of Israel, Diaspora Jews and international law specialists, for reasons including the integrity of the ICC, who can be held to account and what this means for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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About Dr Michelle Lesh

Dr Michelle Lesh is a Visiting Fellow at the Melbourne Law School where she teaches in the JD programme and is writing a book on targeted killing in a global context.

She has taught international criminal law at the London School of Economics Summer School and was a human rights investigator on the UN Commission of Inquiry into the Gaza protests. Michelle has a PhD in international law from the University of Melbourne and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

She has clerked for Israel’s Supreme Court Chief Justice (Ret.) Aharon Barak, worked at the Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem, as the principal researcher for the Turkel Commission on investigating alleged violations of the law of armed conflict, as an assistant to Israel’s Deputy Attorney General for International Law, and as a human rights officer for Richard Falk, the former UN Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territory.