The 2014 Gaza war : reflections on jus ad bellum, jus in bello, and accountability
Sharon Weill and Valentina Azarova
The war report : armed conflict in 2014
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015
This chapter assesses key issues related to jus ad bellum, jus in bello, and accountability that are raised by the hostilities. It commences by examining the possibility of invoking the right to self-defence, as the legal justification for the use of force in the Gaza conflict context. The chapter then surveys specific violations of the principles on the conduct of hostilities under international humanitarian law (IHL) committed during the 2014 hostilities by the Israeli military and Palestinian armed groups. The final part discusses the effects of recent developments related to individual accountability for IHL violations in the Israel-Palestine setting with particular attention to the prospects of Palestine's accession to the International Criminal Court (ICC).