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ICJ holds landmark hearing concerning the legal consequences of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is holding a landmark hearing on the request by the United Nations General Assembly for an advisory opinion on the legal consequences of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967. On 30 December 2022, the General Assembly adopted resolution 77/247 which requested that the ICJ render an advisory opinion addressing the following questions:

(a) What are the legal consequences arising from the ongoing violation by Israel of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, from its prolonged occupation, settlement and annexation of the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and from its adoption of related discriminatory legislation and measures?

 (b) How do the policies and practices of Israel referred to in paragraph (a) above affect the legal status of the occupation, and what are the legal consequences that arise for all States and the United Nations from this status?

Edward Craven is representing the State of Palestine at this hearing before the ICJ. He is also representing the Co-Operative Republic of Guyana.

The State of Palestine’s oral submissions can be viewed here (starting at 00:09:30).

Eddie’s oral submissions on behalf of Guyana can be viewed here (starting at 1:31:45).