Dr. Daphné Richemond-Barak Assistant Professor, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya

Dr. Daphné Richemond-Barak joined the IDC Herzliya in 2009. She is Assistant Professor (tenured) at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, and serves as the Academic Head of the International Program in Government (RRIS) and as Senior Researcher at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT). In 2019, her book Underground Warfare was awarded the Prize Chaikin by the Chair in Geostrategy at the University of Haifa for its contribution to the Geostrategy of Israel and the Middle East.
Dr. Richemond-Barak holds a Maitrise from Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), a Diploma in Legal Studies from Oxford University (Hertford College), an LL.M. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University. She was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship, and was a recipient of the European Commission Scholarship, the Hertford College Prize, and the Oxford Prize for Distinction. Prior to joining the IDC, Dr. Richemond-Barak served as a clerk at the International Court of Justice, and worked as an attorney in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb. She has acted as a private counsel for international law firms and as a legal adviser to states including the government of Colombia in its territorial dispute against Nicaragua before the International Court of Justice. She served as a member of the Committee on International and Security Affairs at the New York Bar Association, and is admitted to practice law in New York and Paris.
Teaching and research interests include the role and status of non-state actors, law and terrorism, asymmetric warfare and the morality of war, international institutions, and the relationship between international law and international relations

Hamas firing rockets at Israeli civilians indiscriminately is a violation, is a war crime, it’s a grave violation of the laws of war. Even though Hamas is a terrorist organization and not a state, they are still bound by the basic principle strikes at civilians or launching strikes at civilians so that is a war crime

Dr. Daphné Richmond-Barak focuses on the issue of temporal jurisdiction that has been ignored by the ICC Prosecutor and the Pre-Trial Chamber in their decision to affirm jurisdiction in the Palestine situation. Therefore this investigations did not stand on solid legal grounds. She highlights that the date chosen by the Palestinians for the Article 12 (3) declaration was June 13th, 2014 as to not include the kidnapping and murdering of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas that occurred a day before. Finally, Dr. Richemond-Barak explains that Hamas is fighting from within civilian areas in order to shield itself from attack and at the same time fires rockets at Israeli civilians which amounts to a war crime.