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…
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…
Amnesty International’s Report “Israel’s Apartheid Against Palestinians” undermines everything the UN stands for, the credibility of international law, and the integrity of the international legal system.
Report of the Briefing by Prof. Geoffrey Corn d.d. 19 May 2021.
The UN has scheduled a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the racist Durban conference for September 2021. The author clarifies why “Durban” is nothing less than a manifestation of anti-Semitism and world leaders should follow the example of Australia, Canada and the US and boycot this event.
In this op-ed the author argues that recognizing “Palestine” as a state before it is in fact a state will not help resolve the Israel/Palestine conflict. In fact it will probably worsen it.
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.
The recent normalization agreements between Israel and a number of Arabic states seem to indicate that a growing number of Arabic/Islamic states prefer to switch from the idealistic ‘perpetrator-victim’ paradigm to a more realistic approach – a switch from a situation of captivity and stagnation to a future of peace, prosperity and security.
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.