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March 11, 2015
Tomorrow, March 12: “Palestine and the International Criminal Court: Implications of Recent Treaty Actions”
March 12, 2015
“Palestine and the International Criminal Court: Implications of Recent Treaty Actions”
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
At the turn of the year, Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the Palestinian Authority, purported to take two treaty actions with respect to the Statute of the International Criminal Court. The first was to deposit an instrument of accession on behalf of the State of Palestine. The second was to a lodge a declaration of consent with the ICC Registrar, accepting the Court’s jurisdiction retrospectively. Both actions are controversial and raise complex legal and political issues. Please join us for a discussion of these issues with Professor John Cerone, the Distinguished Chair in Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Visiting Chair in Public International Law at Lund University Faculty of Law, and Visiting Professor of International Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University).
October 3, 2011
Posted by Meera Shah
Today, Raji Sourani, one of the foremost human rights lawyers and advocates in the Middle East, will come to speak at Harvard Law School. Personally, as someone who worked in the Middle East for several years, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to meet him. The founder of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Gaza City in 1995, Sourani began his human rights career challenging Israeli prison conditions and defending Palestinians facing deportation in Israeli military courts. As a human rights defender, he was detained by Israeli authorities on multiple occasions, prompting Amnesty International to name him one of their Prisoners of Conscience in both 1985 and 1988.
With the creation of the Palestinian Authority in the 1990s, Sourani’s work took on another dimension, exposing and documenting human rights violations on the part of both Israeli and Palestinian officials. While this even-handedness was not always popular, it demonstrates Sourani’s commitment to a universal standard.
This principled stance and the courage to speak out continue to drive Sourani’s work. Today, he will be talking about the need for accountability for violations committed as part of Israel’s offensive in late 2008 and the human rights implications of the ongoing closure of the Gaza Strip. I hope you will join us for this important and timely discussion!
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