Note on the Legal Effects of Palestine’s Declaration Under Article 12(3) of the ICC Statute

  • Vera Gowlland-Debbas


The following remarks were submitted at the OTP-NGO Roundtable discussions of 20 October 2010 on whether the declaration lodged by the Palestinian National Authority on 21 January 2009 under Article 12(3) of the Court’s Statute meets statutory requirements. My remarks follow from the Opinion which I signed entitled Les effets de la reconnaissance par la Palestine de la compétence de la C.P.I. submitted by Professor Alain Pellet at the request of Maître William Bourdon and which was endorsed by 40 well-known international lawyers. I also draw on a follow-up note which I addressed to the Prosecutor last May.


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© T.M.C. ASSER PRESS, The Hague, The Netherlands, and the authors 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Vera Gowlland-Debbas
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  1. 1.Public International LawGraduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)GenevaSwitzerland

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