States of criminality: International (criminal) law, Palestine, and the sovereignty trap

Michelle Burgis-Kasthala, Nahed Samour, Christine Schwoebel-Patel

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

Abstract / Description of output

In this chapter we ask how and in which form international law can serve as a tool for realising Palestine’s decolonial equality. We do this by placing international criminal law and public international law in conversation to highlight what experiences of (denied) statehood are included and excluded from these legal regimes. We adopt a methodology of feminist praxis to explore the crucial role of historical factors that persist in shaping Palestine’s limited legal possibilities. Whilst this chapter sounds a note of caution about the scope for radical change from the pursuit of liberal legalist projects, it nevertheless seeks to explore the gains that could be made for Palestinian liberation by adopting the framework of decolonial equality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Criminal Law—A Counter-Hegemonic Project?
EditorsFlorian Jeßberger, Leonie Steinl, Kalika Mehta
PublisherT.M.C. Asser Press
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9789462655515
ISBN (Print)9789462655508
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2022

Publication series

NameInternational Criminal Justice Series
ISSN (Print)2352-6718
ISSN (Electronic)2352-6726

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Palestine
  • international criminal law
  • public international law
  • feminism
  • sovereignty
  • feminist praxis
  • decolonial equality
  • sovereignty trap
  • international criminal justice


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