(Boston Revised-12/12/12) New England Law | Boston: The UN General Assembly’s recent vote to accord Palestine the status of Non-Member State observer has broad implications for the question of Palestinian statehood in international law, says Professor John Cerone, director of the Center for International Law and Policy. Cerone believes this may be particularly relevant in regard to jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
His comprehensive analysis of the historic vote and its background, "Legal Implications of the UN General Assembly Vote to Accord Palestine the Status of Observer State," is available on the American Society of International Law's Insights website.
“Ultimately, whether or not the General Assembly vote was sufficient to affirm the statehood of Palestine in general or to satisfy statutory requirements in the context of the ICC, it will likely have a snowball effect,” he predicts. “The resolution increases the ability of Palestine to act like a state. The more it does so, the more clearly Palestine will satisfy the criteria for statehood. The train to statehood has clearly left the station.”
Cerone's examination of the issue is referenced in a December 12, 2012, Times of Israel article, "Is Palestine a state? That may depend on the Palestinians," and in a December 18, 2012, Globes (Israel business news) post, "The train to Palestinian statehoood has left the station."