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International Justice and the Goldstone Report

International Justice and the Goldstone Report

David Kaye, UCLA Law School Professor and Executive Director of the International Human Rights Program

In this podcast, David Kaye, UCLA Law School Professor and Executive Director of the International Human Rights Program, addresses "International Justice and the Goldstone Report." This is the 2nd lecture of a 3-part series titled, "The Goldstone Report and International Law - Three Perspectives."

About the Speaker:

David Kaye is Executive Director of the UCLA School of Law International Human Rights Program. He teaches International Human Rights and directs the International Justice Clinic. For more than a decade, David Kaye served as an international lawyer with the State Department, responsible for issues as varied as human rights, international humanitarian law, the use of force, international organizations, and U.S. foreign relations law. He was a legal adviser to the American Embassy in The Hague, where he worked with the international criminal tribunals and acted as counsel to the United States in several cases before the International Court of Justice and the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal. From 1999 to 2002 he was the principal staff attorney on humanitarian law, handling issues such as the application of the law to detainees in Guantanamo Bay and serving on several U.S. delegations to international negotiations and conferences.

About the Lecture Series: "The Goldstone Report and International Law: Three Perspectives"

The UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, Center for Near Eastern Studies, Israel Studies Program, and UCLA School of Law International Human Rights Program, proudly present a 3-part lecture series to offer 3 perspectives on the Goldstone Report. 

About the Goldstone Report

The UN Human Rights Council ("UNHRC") appointed a fact-finding mission to investigate violations of international human rights and humanitarian law by all parties during the recent Gaza conflict (December 27, 2008-January 19, 2009). The mission headed by the respected South African international law expert, Richard Goldstone, produced a 575 page document, known as the “Goldstone Report,” based on interviews with witnesses on all sides, public hearings, and review of over 10,000 pages of documents, 30 videos and 1200 photographs documenting the conflict. The report concluded that both Israel and Palestinian armed groups perpetrated war crimes and other serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. The report also recommended that Israel and the Palestinian government in Gaza conduct credible internal investigations to hold responsible parties accountable, failing which the international community should take action to ensure accountability.

The report was met with immediate controversy, with Israel and the US opposing its adoption by the UNHRC, on the grounds, inter alia, that it would detract from efforts to relaunch a peace process between Israelis and Palestinians. The debate in the UNHRC, discussions in the UN General Assembly and the possibility of a Security Council referral offer a novel context to consider the influence of international human rights and humanitarian law.

About the Perspectives

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