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The Monetary Gold Doctrine and the ICC: Can the ICC determine the Territorial Boundaries of Israel and Palestine?

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been engaged in a Preliminary Examination of the situation in Palestine since January 2015. By December 2019, the Prosecutor had come to the conclusion that there is a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes have been, or are being, committed on territory of Palestine, and that the other conditions required by the Statute for the opening of an investigation exist. At that time, the Prosecutor sought a ruling from the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber that the “‘territory’ over which the Court may exercise its jurisdiction under Article 12(2)(a) [of the ICC Statute] comprises the Occupied Palestinian Territory, that is the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza” (para 5 Prosecutor’s Request for a Ruling on the Court’s Territorial Jurisdiction in Palestine 22 January 2020). As Malcolm Shaw noted in his recent posts on this blog (here and here), this request has brought into renewed focus a debate about whether Palestine is a state and whether it is able to confer jurisdiction on the ICC.

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How Trump’s Migration Policy Erodes National and International Standards of Protection for Migrants and Asylum Seekers

Early this month, 5,600 US soldiers were deployed to the southern border as a response to an approaching migrant caravan consisting of several thousand Central Americans. U.S. President Donald Trump called the advancing group in official statements a foreign “invasion” that warrants deploying up to 15,000 army members to support the border patrol. He further publicly warned…

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