Palestine and the politics of international criminal justice: reflections from fieldwork

ICC welcomes Palestine as a new State Party

Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 24 November 2015


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building #8, ANU
ANU Canberra


Michelle Burgis-Kasthala


Emma Larking
+61 (0)2 6125 1513

Please note this event has been cancelled.

The State of Palestine became a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) earlier this year, opening up the possibility for a number of Palestinian and Israeli officials to be charged with individual criminal responsibility.

In this seminar, initial results from fieldwork conducted in the West Bank will be reviewed to reflect on the reasons for resorting to this form of redress and to highlight the many limitations and challenges that any future prosecution will bring.

More significantly, the seminar seeks to understand Palestinians’ recent foray into the realm of international criminal justice (ICJ) within the context of their protracted struggle for self-determination and statehood.

It will be argued that ICJ is a particular idiom of state building and state formation for peoples in the Global South that radically obfuscates the slow violence of (post)coloniality.

About the Speaker

Dr. Michelle Burgis-Kasthala is a Research Fellow at the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) and member of the Centre for International Governance and Justice. Before joining RegNet she spent six years in Scotland as a lecturer in International Relations and Middle East Politics at the University of St Andrews and then as a lecturer in Public International Law at the University of Edinburgh. Her interests lie in the fields of critical international legal studies with a regional focus on the Arab world where she has lived and worked.

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