ICC Pre-Trial Chamber decision on jurisdiction in relation to the ‘Situation in Palestine’

  • Statement
06 February 2021

Australia has deep concerns with the ruling of the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court that it has jurisdiction in relation to the ‘Situation in Palestine’.

Australia does not recognise a ‘State of Palestine’, noting that matters relating to territory and borders can only be resolved through direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

We made clear in our observations submitted to the Pre-Trial Chamber that Australia does not therefore recognise the right of any so-called ‘State of Palestine’ to accede to the Rome Statute.  The International Criminal Court should not exercise jurisdiction in this matter.

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