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Lebanon, Ukraine, Gaza / Palestine / Israel, and the Rule of Law

International law faces two profound issues. Each involves Article 2 of the Charter of the United Nations prohibiting the use of force by one Member State against another. Both concern the roles of the Security Council and the International Court of Justice (ICJ).


One—Ukraine and the Russian Federation (Russia)—is whether the armed entry into Ukraine on 24 April 2022 and since of Russia as a great power is immune from the rule of law.


The other—Gaza/Palestine and Israel—concerns the relations between another state, Israel, and its immediate neighbour Palestine, including the small Gaza strip. There is currently awaited on the topic of Israel’s treatment of Palestine an advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice of major importance on which judgment was reserved on 26 February 2024.


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