International criminal justice and the politics of statebuilding in Palestine

Photo of President of Palestine, H.E. Mr Mahmoud Abbas visiting the ICC Prosecutor, Mrs Fatou Bensouda

Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 19 April 2016


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Michelle Burgis-Kasthala


+61 (0)2 6125 3948

This seminar begins by considering Palestine’s recent membership of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as the latest iteration in the quest for statehood.

A number of international legal mechanisms have been pursued by state and various civil society actors since the mid-2000s. The ICC move then needs to be linked to a broader demonstrative quest to attest to Palestine’s willingness and ability to partake as a full member of international society today in spite of ongoing Israeli occupation.

How does International Criminal Justice (ICJ) provide particular frameworks and narratives for states in the Global South to demonstrate their statehood, especially in the context of conflict? To what extent can we regard ICJ as a new technology of statebuilding and/or state formation for peoples in the Global South?

Irrespective of action or inaction on the part of the ICC Prosecutor vis-à-vis Palestine, this seminar will examine how ICJ is already re-shaping avenues for redress and representations of statehood in Palestine and beyond.

About the Speaker

Dr. Michelle Burgis-Kasthala is a Research Fellow in the RegNet School of Regulation and Global Governance and member of the Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ).

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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