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26 January 2024

Unpacking the Int’l Court of Justice Judgment in South Africa v Israel (Genocide Case)

Ryan Goodman and Siven Watt | Just Security

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Just Security provides context on and a summary of the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) decision on the case brought by South Africa against Israel under the Genocide Convention. The article explains that the current ruling is not a decision on the merits of whether Israel’s actions in Gaza amount to genocide. The provisional nature of the ruling was due to the “matter of urgency” that gives rise to expedited proceedings. While there was a low evidentiary threshold for the provisional ruling, the standard of proof at the final merits stage will be much higher. The article also provides a breakdown of the provisional measures ordered.