Appealing to a higher authority: Palestine in the International Criminal Court

By Rick Mendenhall

Last month, the Palestinian Authority petitioned to join the International Criminal Court. In a move drawing criticism from both the U.S. and Israel, the Court accepted Palestine and opened up preliminary inquiries into war crimes and human rights abuses committed by Israel.

Palestine’s pursuit of a higher court is not an unusual move given the relative inaccessibility to the Israeli Judiciary by Palestinians. To that effect, GW Law’s International and Comparative Law program is hosting a talk on the availability of Israeli courts to Palestinian Plaintiffs. If you wish to learn more, hop on the orange or blue line over to Foggy Bottom next Monday February 23, to hear from Professor Michael Karayanni speak.