Israel, the International Criminal Court & Universal Jurisdiction

Universal Jurisdiction [Work in Progress]


UN Reports on Universal Jurisdiction

The reports of the Secretary-General "prepared on the basis of comments and observations of Governments and relevant observers."
  • The scope and application of the principle of universal jurisdiction, A/71/111, June 28, 2016
  • The scope and application of the principle of universal jurisdiction, A/70/125, July 1, 2015
  • The scope and application of the principle of universal jurisdiction, A/69/174, July 23, 2014
  • The scope and application of the principle of universal jurisdiction, A/68/113, June 26, 2013
  • The scope and application of the principle of universal jurisdiction, A/67/116, June 28, 2012
  • The scope and application of the principle of universal jurisdiction, A/66/93, June 20, 2011, and A/66/93/Add.1, August 16, 2011
  • The scope and application of the principle of universal jurisdiction, A/65/181, July 29, 2010

UN General Asssembly Discussions about Universal Jurisdiction

The discussions held in the Sixth Committee at the General Assembly on the scope and application of universal jurisdiction:
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 13th Meeting, Agenda item 83: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction (continued), A/C.6/71/SR.14, October 31, 2016
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 13th Meeting, Agenda item 83: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction (continued), A/C.6/70/SR.13, October 20, 2015
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 12th Meeting, Agenda item 83: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction, A/C.6/70/SR.12, October 20, 2015
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 28th Meeting, Agenda item 83: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction (continued), A/C.6/69/SR.28, November 7, 2014
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 12th Meeting, Agenda item 83: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction (continued), A/C.6/69/SR.12, October 15, 2014
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 11th Meeting, Agenda item 83: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction, A/C.6/69/SR.11, October 15, 2014
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 23rd Meeting, Agenda item 86: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction (continued), A/C.6/68/SR.23, November 4, 2013
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 14th Meeting, Agenda item 86: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction (continued), A/C.6/68/SR.14, October 18, 2013
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 13th Meeting, Agenda item 86: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction (continued), A/C.6/68/SR.13, October 17, 2013
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 12th Meeting, Agenda item 86: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction, A/C.6/68/SR.12, October 17, 2013
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 25th Meeting, Agenda item 84: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction (continued), A/C.6/67/SR.25, November 12, 2012
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 24th Meeting, Agenda item 84: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction (continued), A/C.6/67/SR.24, November 9, 2012
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 13th Meeting, Agenda item 84: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction (continued), A/C.6/67/SR.13, October 18, 2012
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 12th Meeting, Agenda item 84: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction, A/C.6/67/SR.12, October 17, 2012
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 29th Meeting, Agenda item 84: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction (continued), A/C.6/66/SR.29, November 9, 2011
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 17th Meeting, Agenda item 84: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction (continued), A/C.6/66/SR.17, October 21, 2011
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 13th Meeting, Agenda item 84: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction (continued), A/C.6/66/SR.13, October 12, 2011
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 12th Meeting, Agenda item 84: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction, A/C.6/66/SR.12, October 11, 2011
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 28th Meeting, Agenda item 86: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction (continued), A/C.6/65/SR.28, November 11, 2010
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 27th Meeting, Agenda item 86: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction (continued), A/C.6/65/SR.27, November 5, 2010
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 12th Meeting, Agenda item 86: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction (continued), A/C.6/65/SR.12, October 15, 2010
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 11th Meeting, Agenda item 86: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction (continued), A/C.6/65/SR.11, October 13, 2010
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 10th Meeting, Agenda item 86: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction, A/C.6/65/SR.10, October 13, 2010
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 25th Meeting, Agenda item 84: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction (continued), A/C.6/64/SR.25, November 12, 2009
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 13th Meeting, Agenda item 84: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction (continued), A/C.6/64/SR.13, October 21, 2008
  • Sixth Committee Summary Record of the 12th Meeting, Agenda item 84: The scope and application of universal jurisdiction, A/C.6/64/SR.12, October 20, 2008

United Kingdom
Documents

Articles

  • "Netanyahu Arrest Up for Debate as UK Petition Hits Target" The Times of Israel, Times of Israel Staff, September 5, 2015

  • "UK Government Dismisses Petition to Arrest Netanyahu" The Times of Israel, Times of Israel Staff, August 26, 2015

  • "UK Petition to Arrest Netanyahu for Gaza War Crimes Reaches Over 80,000 Signatures" RT.com, August 25, 2015

  • "30,000 Sign Online Petition to Arrest Netanyahu in UK Next Month" The Times of Israel, Times of Israel Staff, August 11, 2015

  • "Former Israeli Minister Tzipi Livni to Visit UK After Change in Arrest Law" The Guardian, Ben Quinn, October 3, 2011

  • "The United Kingdom Changes its Universal Jurisdiction Law" NGO Monitor, September 21, 2011

  • "The UK's Selective Application of the Universal Jurisdiction Law" Gatestone Institute, By Soeren Kern, November 22, 2010

  • "Ministers Move to Change Universal Jurisdiction Law" The Guardian, By Afua Hirsch, May 30, 2010

  • "Israel Officers Abandon UK Visit Fearing War Crimes Arrest" Jurist, By Andrea Bottorff, January 5, 2010

  • "Gordon Brown Reassures Israel over Tzipi Livni Arrest Warrant" The Guardian, December 16, 2009

  • "Israel Rejects Attempts to Exploit British Courts Against MK Tzipi Livni" Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, December 15, 2009

  • "UK Court Issues, Then Revokes, Arrest Warrant for Israel Ex-Foreign Minister" Jurist, Carrie Schimizzi, December 15, 2009

  • "Tzipi Livni Arrest Warrant Prompts Israeli Government Travel 'Ban'" The Guardian, Ian Black, December 15, 2009

  • "Ehud Olmert Could Face War Crimes Arrest if He Visits UK" The Guardian, Ian Black, October 27, 2009


Belgium
Documents

  • "Observations by Belgium on the Scope and Application of the Principle of Universal Jurisdiction" United Nations, November 2010

Articles

  • "Evolution of the Belgian Law on Universal Jurisdiction" The International Committee of the Red Cross, December 15, 2011

  • "Barak and Olmert Among 14 Officials to Be Charged With War Crimes in Belgium" Haaretz, Danna Harman, June 24, 2010

  • "Brussels: New Court to Try Israel for War Crimes" YNet News, Sharon Roffe-Ofir, February 22, 2008

  • "Belgian War Crimes Law Undone by Its Global Reach" The Washington Post, Glenn Frankel, September 30, 2003

  • "Belgium's Highest Court Throws Out Case Against Sharon" Haaretz, September 24, 2003

  • "Belgium Clears Way For War Crimes Case Against Israeli Gen Amos Yaron" Reuters, June 10, 2003

  • "Israeli Government Vows to Fight Belgian War Crime Ruling" The Telegraph, Alan Philps, February 14, 2003

  • "Belgium Opens Way for Sharon Trial" BBC News, The Associated Press and Haaretz Service, January 13, 2003

  • "Judges Decide Belgian War Crimes Law Cannot Be Used to Try Sharon" The Guardian, Ian Black, June 26, 2002

  • "Belgium Delays Sharon Case Ruling" CNN.com, March 6, 2002

  • "Sharon Halts Belgian Visit Fearing War Crime Arrest" CNN.com, July 3, 2001


Spain
Documents

  • "Observations by Spain on the Scope and Application of the Principle of Universal Jurisdiction" United Nations, November 2010


Articles

  • "Spain Lifts War Criminal Designation From Netanyahu, 6 Other Israeli Officials" JTA, December 27, 2015

  • "Spanish Judge Issues Arrest Warrants for Netanyahu, Liberman, Others" The Jerusalem Post, Yonah Jeremy Bob, November 16, 2015

  • "Spanish Court Shelves Probe into Gaza Flotilla Raid" The Times of Israel, Judah Ari Gross, June 12, 2015

  • "Spain's Welcome Retreat on Universal Jurisdiction" Council on Foreign Relations, Stewart M. Patrick, February 14, 2014

  • "Spain Moves to Curb Legal Convention Allowing Trials of Foreign Rights Abuses" The Guardian, Ashifa Kassam, February 11, 2014

  • "Spain Rethinks Universal Jurisdiction" Gatestone Institute, Soeren Kern, January 31, 2014

  • "Spain Parliament Passes Law Limiting Reach of Universal Jurisdiction Statute" Jurist, Jaclyn Belczyk, October 16, 2009

  • "Report: Spain Trying to Rein in Judges on Israel War Crimes Trial" YNet News.com, May 20, 2009

  • "Spain, Israel and War Crimes" Gatestone Institute, Soeren Kern, April 8, 2009

  • "Spanish Prosecutors Seek to Shelve Israel Case" Expatica, AFP, April 3, 2009

  • "Spanish War Crimes Probe Against Israeli Officials to Go On" Haaretz, February 27, 2009

  • "Top Israeli Official Blasts Spanish Court's Probe" CNN, January 30, 2009

  • "Spanish Court to Probe Israeli Officials for Alleged 'Crimes Against Humanity'" YNetnews.com, Roni Sofer and AFP, January 29, 2009

  • "Spanish FM: We'll Act to Prevent War Crimes Probes Against Israel" Haaretz, The Associated Press and Barak Ravid, January 1, 2009


Denmark
Documents

  • "Observations by Denmark on the Scope and Application of the Principle of Universal Jurisdiction" United Nations, November 2010


Articles

  • "Ex-Shin Bet Chief Flees Denmark Following Leftist Group's Complaint to Police" Haaretz, Barak Ravid, January 12, 2014

  • "Police Complaint Filed Against Former Shin Bet Chief in Denmark" Israel Hayom, Shlomo Cesana, January 12, 2014

  • "Danish Lawmaker Calls for the Arrest of FM Livni" Israel Today, August 30, 2006

  • "Danes Hint At Arrest Of Israeli 'Torture' Envoy Carmi Gillon" The Times-London, Sam Kiley, July 26, 2001

  • "Danish Protests Greet Israeli Envoy" The Guardian, Andrew Osborn, July 25, 2001

  • "Peres Blasts Denmark's Threat to Arrest Israeli Ambassador-Designate" The People's Daily, July 25, 2001