The Geopolitical Implications of South Africa’s Case Against Israel at the ICJ

The event will be held in English.

The Global Institute for Strategic Research (GISR), in collaboration with the College of Public Policy and the College of Law, is excited to present this upcoming roundtable that will delve into the implications of the recent ICJ ruling in the South Africa v. Israel case. On January 26, 2024, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered its ruling in South Africa v. Israel, issuing provisional orders that Israel must “take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of all acts” of genocide relating to the Palestinians in Gaza. The ICJ’s nearly unanimous decision has substantial geopolitical and legal implications for Israel, the Palestinians, and for states and societies around the world.

Since the ruling, there has been growing polarization, with some groups effectively supporting Israel’s war on Palestinians and others demanding an immediate ceasefire and the pursuit of a two-state solution (with many nuanced positions in between). Divisions are occurring between states and within and between regional blocs. Alongside this, questions about Israel’s compliance with the provisional order and its further violation of international law and norms are being raised, particularly given the substantial loss of life that has occurred since the order was issued. Coupled with these questions are rising global contestations on issues driving the conflict, with serious implications for the maintenance of our rules-based world order.

This panel will feature distinguished diplomats and scholars from HBKU and will delve into key questions, including:

  • What are the critical geopolitical/legal implications of the ICJ ruling?
  • How has Israel’s response to the ICJ ruling affected geopolitical/legal dynamics and positioning?
  • What are the implications of Qatar’s positioning and mediation role?
  • How can we understand the case’s implications and ruling for the global rules-based order?
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HE Ghulam Hoosein Asmal

Ambassador of South Africa to Qatar

HE Androulla Kaminara

Distinguished Diplomat in Residence Georgetown University in Qatar

Susan L. Karamanian (JD)

Dean College of Law, HBKU

Dr. Erin McCandless

Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Value College of Public Policy, HBKU


Dr. Sultan Barakat

Global Institute for Strategic Research (GISR), HBKU

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