Universal Jurisdiction

80,000 sign petition, but Benjamin Netanyahu will not be arrested during UK visit

By Marcus Dysch, August 25, 2015

The government has defended its decision to host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in London next month and said that he will not be arrested when he arrives in this country.

Reiterating Britain’s position as a “close friend of Israel”, the government responded to a petition calling for Mr Netanyahu to be arrested “for war crimes”.


Tzipi Livni granted special immunity for UK visit

By Marcus Dysch, May 14, 2014

Israel's Justice Minister Tzipi Livni has been granted diplomatic immunity for her visit to London this week, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

Ms Livni's trip has been awarded "special mission status", offering protection against the threat of arrest or prosecution.


Anti-Israel activists want Tzipi Livni banned from Britain

By Marcus Dysch, April 10, 2014


Anti-Israel activists are asking MPs to lobby Home Secretary Theresa May in an attempt to have Israel’s Justice Minister Tzipi Livni banned from Britain.

Ms Livni is due to speak in London on May 15 at two events organised by the JNF.

A spokesman for the “Stop the JNF” campaign told supporters in Parliament on Monday that MPs were now being lobbied by the group.


IDF man Almog cancels charity trip over universal jurisdiction fear

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 31, 2012

Seven years after almost being arrested at Heathrow, former Israeli general Doron Almog has cancelled his participation in a London fundraiser, following concerns regarding Britain’s universal jurisdiction law.


Consent refused for Tzipi Livni UK arrest warrant

By Marcus Dysch, October 6, 2011

Foreign Secretary William Hague has stepped in to ensure Israeli Opposition leader Tzipi Livni will not be arrested during her visit to Britain.

An arrest application was made to the Crown Prosecution Service on Tuesday to have Ms Livni detained when she arrived in London. She is currently on a two-day visit during which she is meeting community leaders and politicians.


Tzipi Livni and William Hague meet in London

By Jennifer Lipman, October 6, 2011

Israel's Opposition leader has met the Foreign Secretary in London.

Tzipi Livni, in Britain for the first time since an anti-Israel group used the old universal jurisdiction legislation to apply for a war crimes arrest warrant for her, was at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office this morning for the meeting.


Israeli general to test universal jurisdiction reform

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2011

The Israeli army general whose planned visit to Britain five years ago sparked a campaign to change the law on universal jurisdiction is finally to complete his aborted journey.


Livni heading to Britain after arrest law change

By Jennifer Lipman, October 3, 2011

Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni is to visit Britain for the first time since she was prevented from doing so by pro-Palestinian activists nearly two years ago.

Ms Livni, the leader of the Kadima Party, has been invited by Foreign Secretary William Hague and is set to arrive on Wednesday.


Universal Jurisdiction change becomes law

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2011

The British government has approved the change in this country's universal jurisdiction law.

Nearly two years after Israeli Opposition leader Tzipi Livni was forced to cancel a trip to the UK when pro-Palestinian activists applied for a warrant for her arrest, the change was given the Royal Assent and became law.


David Cameron pulls Britain out of Durban anniversary conference

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

David Cameron has intervened to pull Britain out of the follow-up to the controversial Durban conference.

The Prime Minister is understood to have personally made the decision that the UK should not take part in the event at the United Nations headquarters later this month.