The commission is concerned that impunity prevails across the board for violations of international humanitarian and human rights law allegedly committed by Israeli forces… Israel must break with its recent lamentable track record in holding wrong-doers accountable, not only as a means to secure justice for victims but also to ensure the necessary guarantees for non-repetition.”
So concludes the very significant report of the independent UN Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict. An exceptional event hosted by Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights provides the opportunity to hear distinguished legal experts discuss the recently published report. As well as its substantive findings, they will consider the questions the report raises about the independence and effectiveness of the domestic mechanisms investigating alleged serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law during the military attacks last summer, and the prospects for securing legal accountability through the international avenues of universal jurisdiction and the International Criminal Court.
Professor William Schabas – Professor in international law at Middlesex University in
London, and holder of a number of other senior academic positions. Originally appointed as Chair of the Commission of Inquiry, he resigned in February 2015 following allegations of bias which many consider unjustified. The meeting provides an important opportunity to hear his commentary on the substance of the report.
Daniel Machover – Head of Civil Litigation at Hickman & Rose Solicitors, and co-founder of
Salma Karmi-Ayyoub – Co-Chair, LPHR
Seminar Room, Garden Court Chambers – 57- 60 Lincolns Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3LG