chapter  6
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The EU commitment to international criminal justice: achievements and possibilities: Olympia Bekou and Mark Chadwick

During the 64th session of the United Nations GeneralAssembly, EU Member States were unable to agree over the fate of the Report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (also known as the ‘Goldstone Report’).1 The Report – which accuses Israel of committing war crimes during the ‘Operation Cast Lead’ offensive against the Gaza Strip in the winter of 2008-2009 and calls on the Security Council to refer the situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) – was met with a divided vote by EU Member States: seven states voted against the Report’s adoption, fifteen abstained and only five states voted in favour.2 This outcome is indicative of the EU’s position as a collective of independent states, susceptible to political division and not always able to speak with one voice regarding issues of international criminal justice.