Palestinian self-determination and statehood

By Andrew Tucker The concepts of statehood and self-determination are at the center of the normative structure on which the international legal order is premised. The right to self-determination refers to the right of a people to freely determine their political status and pursue their economic, social and cultural development. It is primarily a political concept. The concept of ‘statehood’, which is…

Australia reverses its position on Jerusalem

By Andrew Tucker  The recently-elected centre-left government in Australia announced this week that it will no longer recognize West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reversing a 2018 decision by the previous conservative government. The government announced that Australia recognizes Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem, as Israel’s capital. It reaffirmed that Jerusalem’s status must be resolved in peace…

Growing international criticism of UN Human Rights Council’s one-sided historical and legal narrative

By Andrew Tucker, Program Director, thinc. Earlier this week in Geneva, 22 UN member states (coordinated by the United States) signed a statement to the UN Human Rights Council expressing very strong legal and policy concerns with the establishment in 20221 of the Council’s Commission of Inquiry (COI) into Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The occasion…

The International Criminal Court, The Hague, The Netherlands (source: Oseveno)

The ICC’s controversial ruling on “Palestine” – pushing the boundaries of law

Late Friday 5th February 2021, the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) made its long-awaited decision on the question whether it has “jurisdiction” to prosecute Israeli and Palestinian leaders for crimes committed “on the territory of Palestine”. The decision is extremely controversial and pushes the boundaries of international law.

Serbia Agrees to Move its Embassy to Jerusalem; Kosovo Agrees to Recognize Israel

In a remarkable ceremony in the White House on 4th September 2020, presided over by US President Trump, Serbia and Kosovo signed agreements to normalize their economic relations. The US-brokered agreements were hailed by the US President as “historic”. In reality they do not constitute a comprehensive “normalization” agreement, but resemble little more than an agreement to carry out a list of previously-agreed projects.