ICC Confirms and Delimits Its Territorial Jurisdiction in the Palestine/Israel Case

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Saturday, February 13, 2021
Michael Plachta

On February 5, 2021, Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC or Court) decided, by majority, that the Court's territorial jurisdiction in the Situation in the State of Palestine, a State party to the ICC Rome Statute, extends to the territories occupied by Israel since 1967, namely Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.[1]

* Professor Plachta specializes in criminal law and international criminal law. He has authored numerous publication on a wide range of problems concerning law enforcement and international cooperation in criminal matters. He currently teaches criminal law and European criminal law at the University of Security in Poznan, Poland.

[1] ICC Pre-Trial Chamber I issues its decision on the Prosecutor’s request related to territorial jurisdiction over Palestine, Press release, February 5, 2021, ICC-CPI-202100205-PR1566.