Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
Pages: 600 pages
Shipping Weight: 850 gram
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058871978
On 23 July 2001 the Israeli defence cabinet decided to construct a "security fence" in the West Bank with the proclaimed purpose of protecting Israel`s citizens against terrorist attacks and other threats carried out by Palestinians. The decision followed an unprecedented increase of Palestinian terrorist attacks inside Israeli borders since the outbreak of the Al Aqsa Intifada in September 2000. The "fence" or "wall", as the obstacle will henceforth be referred to , has grave implications on the humanitarian situation of many Palestinians and is feared to jeopardise viability of a possible future state of Palestine. Pursuant to resolution ES-10/14 of 8 December 2003 the UN General Assembly requested the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to render an advisory opinion on the legality of "the wall" in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The long-term implications of the ICJ advisory opinion of 9 July 2004 are yet to be seen. Thus far only modest action has been taken by the relevant parties regarding implementation of the opinion.
Still, the Advisory Opinion can be seen as a landmark in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as it represents "the first time ever that the International Court of Justice has been consulted by a United Nations organ with respect to any aspect regarding Palestine."
The purpose of this publication is to provide a practical collection of the main documents relevant to the advisory opinion on the wall.
The first part contains the request for the advisory opinion, the advisory opinion itself, and other documents issued by the ICJ. All documents pertinent to the proceedings before the court and issued by the ICJ have been included, except for the written statements and oral pleadings
The second part contains the main related documents relevant to the courts decision and relevant to its follow-up. The documents have been ordered by forum of issuance. For the case that chronological searches would be preferred a chronological list of these related documents has been inserted after the table of contents.