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The Turkel Commission’s Flotilla Report (Part One): Some Critical Remarks

Dr Amichai Cohen is a Senior Lecturer at the Ono Academic College in Israel; Prof. Yuval Shany is the Hersch Lauterpacht Chair of Public International Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Both Dr Cohen and Prof. Shany are senior researchers at the Israel Democracy Institute. The authors thank Prof. David Kretzmer, Mr. Gil Limon and Mr. Rotem Giladi for their comments to a previous draft. The usual disclaimers apply A. Introduction On January 23, 2011 The Public Commission to Examine the Maritime Incident of May 31, 2010  - The Turkel Commission published its partial report on the Flotilla incident. This partial report deals with the two main issues raised in the aftermath of the Flotilla incident – the legality of the naval blockade on Gaza, and the tragic results that ensued from the raid by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) commandos of the flotilla ships, which tried to run the blockade – the killing of  9 passengers on board one of the flotilla ships - the Mavi Marmara. The Turkel Commission was set up by the Israeli…

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SIEL/CUP Prize for an Essay on International Economic Law

A prize has been established by the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) and Cambridge University Press for the best essay submitted in the field of international economic law.  The competition is open to current students and those who have graduated within the last five years. The prize consists of £200, as well as £300 of Cambridge University…

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Let His People Go: Sudan’s Lesson for Secession

Timothy William Waters, a professor at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, is the author of numerous articles on self-determination. DAYS before it began voting for independence, Africa’s soon-to-be newest country hosted a modern Pharaoh who, not long ago, sent armies to crush its bid for freedom. In a visit to South Sudan’s capital,…

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Australian Government Settles Habib Claim arising out of Rendition and Torture and Orders Inquiry

Ben Batros is Legal Officer at the Open Society Justice Initiative and a former Senior Legal Officer, International Crime Branch, Australian Attorney-General’s Department. Philippa Webb is Visiting Assistant Professor at Leiden University and former Special Assistant to President of the International Court of Justice. It was reported late last week that the Australian government has…

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The Distomo Case: Greece to Intervene in the Sovereign Immunity Dispute between Germany and Italy before the ICJ

Antonios Tzanakopoulos is Lecturer in Public International Law at the University of Glasgow. On 12 January 2011, the Greek Government announced its decision to apply to the International Court of Justice for permission to intervene in the sovereign immunity dispute brought by Germany against Italy (see here for Dapo’s comment when the case…

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