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New Rules of Procedure of the Ad Hoc Conciliation Commission in Palestine v Israel

The inter-State procedure under Articles 11-13 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) lay dormant for over 50 years before its activation in March-April 2018 in three inter-State communications, Qatar v Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (2018), Qatar v United Arab Emirates (2018) and Palestine v Israel (2018). These were the first three inter-State communications submitted to a UN human rights treaty body.  ICERD’s inter-State procedure unfolds before two bodies. Under Article 11, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) decides on preliminary questions of jurisdiction and admissibility. If CERD rejects these preliminary objections, the Chairperson of the Committee appoints an ad hoc Conciliation Commission comprising five persons tasked with examining the issues of substance raised in the communication and making available its good offices to the States parties concerned in order to reach an amicable solution of the matter. As readers of this blog will recall, CERD ruled positively on the questions of jurisdiction and admissibility in all three cases to date (see Keane,…

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Appointment of the Ad Hoc Conciliation Commissions under ICERD

The inter-State communications procedure under Articles 11-13 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) lay dormant for over 50 years before its activation in March-April 2018 in three inter-State communications, Qatar v Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (2018), Qatar v United Arab Emirates (2018) and Palestine v Israel (2018). These were the first…

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