How Israel Investigates War Crimes

March 5, 2013 by Community Editor
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The New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies plenum will receive insights as to  how Israel investigates allegations of war crimes from a member of the investigating committee later this month.

Professor Tim McCormack

Professor Tim McCormack

Professor Tim McCormack will speak on “The Turkel Commission’s Report for Phase II – Enquiring Into Israel’s Processes for Investigating Alleged War Crimes” at the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies plenum in Darlinghurst on Tuesday evening, March 19.

He will discuss the mandate of the Commission – from Phase I on the Mavi Mamara flotilla incident and the broadening of the Commission’s enquiry to Phase II. He will briefly explain the approach undertaken in the preparation of the report, its findings and the key recommendations to the Israeli Government. He will also attempt to explain his views about the significance of the Commission’s work and reactions to it within Israeli society generally and among the relevant Israeli Government agencies.

The meeting will be held in the Benefactors Hall at 7.30pm.

Professor McCormack is Professor of Law at the University of Melbourne, Special Adviser on International Humanitarian Law to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Tasmania.

He was the Foundation Australian Red Cross Professor of International Humanitarian Law (1996-2010) and Foundation Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law (2001-2010) both at the Melbourne Law School. From 2002-2006 he served as amicus curiae on International Law issues in the trial of Slobodan Milosevic in The Hague and from 2004-2007 he provided expert law of war advice to Major Dan Mori in the defence of David Hicks before the US Military Commission at Guantanamo Bay.

He completed his Ph.D at Monash University Law School on the “Israeli Bombing of the Iraqi Nuclear Reactor and Anticipatory Self-Defence in International Law” and was the inaugural Australian recipient of the Golda Meir Postdoctoral Fellowship to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was appointed by Israel in June 2011 as one of two international observers (joining Lord David Trimble of Northern Ireland) for Phase II of the Turkel Commission of Enquiry into Israel’s Processes for Investigating Alleged War Crimes.
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One Response to “How Israel Investigates War Crimes”
  1. Eleonora says:

    Article gives Prof McCormack’s qualification but does not explaine how he investigates War Crimes. Will this be made available on J-wires for those who cannot attend the March 19 meeting in Darlinghurst due to distance???

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