Eugene Kontorovich

Contributor, The Volokh Conspiracy


  • Feb 9, 2015

  • Jan 28, 2015

The International Criminal Court’s opening of a preliminary examination regarding the Gaza war is part of a disturbing pattern it has shown regarding Israel. By repeatedly substituting the General Assembly’s political determinations for its own legal judgement, the ICC’s prosecutor threatens the court’s much-vaunted independence from politics, and turn it into merely the enforcement arm of the motley GA. Moreover, the Prosecutor’s view that ICC jurisdiction can be created through a majority vote in the GA is deeply threatening to non-members states like the U.S.

  • Jan 16, 2015

The safest way to know a social more does not exist is when an artist is praised for “testing the limits” of that norm. The heroes of Charlie Hebdo were another story.

  • Jan 7, 2015

I’ll be speaking on topics relating to Israel and international law, including the ICC, in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia.

  • Jan 7, 2015

The Palestinians have not turned to the ICC because they think it would be fair, punishing them and the Israelis together.

  • Jan 5, 2015

The problems with turning the International Criminal Court on Israel date back to the drafting of its foundational law, when Arab states succeeded in inserting a novel provision designed to target Israel.

  • Jan 5, 2015

The State Parties to the Geneva Convention gather in Geneva today to discuss the Geneva Conventions, which in practice means criticizing Israel. If they were interested in developing the world’s understanding of the treaties these treaties, here are five puzzles for them to solve.

  • Dec 17, 2014

One of the main motif’s of Israel’s new election campaign will be that Prime Minister Netanyahu is “isolating” Israel internationally. The charge does not hold water. First, the extent of the isolation has been exaggerated, often purposefully. Moreover, international displeasure with Israel has been largely insensitive to changes in leadership or governing party.

  • Dec 11, 2014

While possible International Criminal Court action against the U.S. has become more likely, we are at least in company, if not good company. In a little-noticed announcement, the International Criminal Court revealed it may soon open a full investigation into Russian crimes in its 2008 war with Georgia. Yet the probe apparently excludes several categories of crimes -- disproportionate use of force and the importation of settlers.

  • Dec 11, 2014
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Eugene Kontorovich is a professor at Northwestern University School of Law, and an expert on constitutional and international law. He also writes and lectures frequently about the Arab-Israel conflict.

His academic work has been published in top law reviews, and relied on in historic judicial opinions in the U.S. and abroad. He has also advised the U.S. and Israel governments on international legal challenges. He has been honored with a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies and the Bator Award from the Federalist Society, for leading professors under 40.

After law school at the University of Chicago, he clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the U.S. Court of Appeals.
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