Irit Kohn

Irit Kohn, Esq., joined the Israel Ministry of Justice in 1989 and from 1995 to 2005 was director of its International Affairs Department. In that position she was involved in one of the first cases involving universal jurisdiction as head of the legal team defending Prime Minister Sharon in Belgium in 2001. In 2011, she was elected President of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists.

Publications by Irit Kohn

Israel’s Settlements: Legal or Illegal?

Jerusalem Center Research Fellow Dan Diker Interviews: Amb. Alan Baker and Irit Kohn adv. Read More »

Legal Rights Conference: Irit Kohn

Israel’s Blockade Stands the Test of International Law

What does international law have to say about blockades against rogue enterprises? Read More »

Analysis: The Blockade on Gaza

Israel, as a democratic State, looks for legal tools to curb such smuggling and respond to Hamas’ terrorist attacks against its citizens. One of the tools available under international law is the maritime blockade. Israel, finding itself in a state of armed conflict with Hamas, has opted to employ this legal measure. Read More »

Averting Abuse of Universal Jurisdiction

NGOs that are supported financially by special interest groups or even states for the benefit of their own agendas have been instrumental in the implementation of universal jurisdiction against Israeli officials. Universal jurisdiction and the International Criminal Court are applied when a country does not or cannot act to prosecute. Yet Israel is a democracy with a well-developed judicial system and does not need external intervention to conduct any investigation. Read More »

Universal Jurisdiction

The Suit Against Sharon in Belgium: A Case Analysis

From Manfred Gerstenfeld: European-Israeli Relations: Between Confusion and Change? The Suit Against Sharon in Belgium: A Case Analysis
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Referral of Iranian President Ahmadinejad on the Charge of Incitement to Commit Genocide

Now is the time to avert bloodshed: Ahmadinejad’s incitement deserves an indictment. Read More »