International Criminal Court rules that it has jurisdiction over crimes committed in Palestine


The International Criminal Court has determined that the State of Palestine is a State for the purposes of the Rome Statute. It has further determined that the Court’s territorial jurisdiction in the Situation in Palestine extends to the territories occupied by Israel since 1967, namely Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh, instructed by Leigh Day, made submissions on behalf of the Palestinian NGO Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Organisation, representing a number of victims of war crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court.

Michelle Butler acted as Counsel for six of the Amici Curiae who were invited to provide submissions to the Court, namely Professor Robert Badinter, Professor Irwin Cotler, Professor David Crane, Professor Jean-Francois Gaudreault-DesBiens, Lord David Pannick QC and Professor Guglielmo Verdirame QC.