How important is International Law?

Judges enter the International Court of Justice, or World Court, in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, where they ruled on an Iranian request to order Washington to suspend U.S. sanctions against Tehran. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

South Africa has filed a complaint against Israel to the International Court of Justice under the Genocide Convention, which came into force January, 1951.  153 States are parties to the Convention, including Israel. The purpose of such a complaint to the world’s highest court is to prevent a genocide before it happens or before it is complete.  The case will be made at The Hague Thursday, January 11th, with Israel responding Friday, the 12th. South Africa’s 84 page brief is available online and is a very informative read. Progressive International has prepared a 15 page summary of the complaint which can be found at