Danny Friedman KC publishes report of a specially convened Panel of Experts supporting ICC Arrest Warrant Applications for Crimes in Israel and Palestine


With fellow panelists Danny Friedman KC today announced the conclusions of the Panel of Experts in International Law, convened by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan KC, in support of his investigation into the ‘Situation in the State of Palestine’, which covers international crimes committed either on the territory of Palestine or by a Palestinian national. The Panel’s mandate was to advise the Prosecutor on whether his applications for arrest warrants met the standard provided in Article 58 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The Panel unanimously endorsed the Prosecutor’s assessment that the Court had jurisdiction over the case and that there were ‘reasonable grounds to believe’ that individuals named in the applications — including senior leaders of Hamas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — have committed war crimes or crimes against humanity within the jurisdiction of the Court.

Danny has served on the Panel alongside: Sir Adrian Fulford, former Vice-President of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and former Judge at the International Criminal Court; Judge Theodor Meron CMG, Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford, Honorary Fellow, Trinity College, and former Judge and former President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; Amal Clooney, Barrister, Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School and Co-Founder of the Clooney Foundation for Justice; Baroness Helena Kennedy KC, Barrister, Member of the House of Lords and Director of the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute; and Elizabeth Wilmshurst CMG KC, former Deputy Legal Adviser at the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Distinguished Fellow of International Law at Chatham House. They were assisted by academic advisers Professor Marko Milanovic, Professor of Public International Law at the University of Reading School of Law and Professor Sandesh Sivakumaran, Professor of International Law, University of Cambridge.

For sources to explain the ICC process to date and the Panel’s involvement in it:

See here for the Statement of the ICC Prosecutor.

See here for the Panel’s Op-ed in the Financial Times.

See here for the Panel’s Report.

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