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Anne Herzberg


Anne Herzberg is the Legal Advisor of NGO Monitor. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and Columbia University Law School. Prior to joining NGO Monitor, she worked as an attorney in New York. Her areas of research include business and human rights, international human rights law, the laws of armed conflict, universal jurisdiction, international fact finding, NGOs, and the UN.

She is the author of the widely cited “NGO Lawfare: Exploitation of Courts in the Arab-Israeli Conflict,” co-author of Best Practices for Human Rights and Humanitarian NGO Fact-finding, and co-editor of The Goldstone Report ‘Reconsidered’: A Critical Analysis and Filling in the Blanks: Documenting Missing Dimensions in UN and NGO Investigations of the Gaza Conflict.

Anne’s articles and op-eds have appeared in many publications, including the American Journal of International LawHa’aretzthe Jerusalem PostYnetNewsand The Wall Street Journal.


Laws of Armed Conflict and International Human Rights Law
Best Practices in Fact-Finding
The UN and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

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Hamas Exploitation of Hospitals for Hostage Taking: The Legal Imperative to Investigate Aiding and Abetting of War Crimes

Anne Herzberg discusses the legal imperative to open investigations regarding the presence of hostages at Gaza’s medical facilities, and whether those who assisted in or were aware of this presence bear responsibility for international crimes associated with the taking of hostages on the basis of aiding and abetting such crimes, through facilitating such acts, and/or by withholding information regarding the presence and status of hostages.

NGO Monitor Responds to Letter Sent by UN Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk to the Local Government Pension Scheme

NGO Monitor responded the 22 November 2021 letter authored by UN Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), “Responsible Investments – UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights Investments in the Israeli settlement economy.” This response corrects multiple misrepresentations made by Lynk in his letter, relating to business and human rights in conflict zones and the UN Human Rights Council “database”.

Lex Generalis Derogat Legi Speciali: IHL in Human Rights Regulation of Military Courts Operating in Situations of Armed Conflict

The operation of military courts is clearly allowed for and, in some cases, mandated by international humanitarian law (IHL). Nevertheless, the use of military courts has been one of the most controversial and hotly debated areas of human rights. Despite the ostensibly exclusive military domain, many human rights bodies have registered significant scepticism towards this type of justice.

הזירה הבאה של ארגוני החרם במאבק הכלכלי נגד מדינת ישראל: שווייץ

בעוד אחריות תאגידית היא חיונית ביותר וממשלות צריכות לחזק את החוקים כדי להגן על זכויות עובדים, סביבה, ילדים, משאבים בסכסוך ועבדות מודרנית, היוזמה השווייצרית מכוונת הרבה מעבר לכך ואף מזיקה יותר מאשר מועילה

NGO Fact-Finding for IHL Enforcement: In Search of a New Model

Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International (Amnesty), and other like-minded organisations have become major actors in the world of international humanitarian law (IHL). Every year they issue hundreds of publications purporting to document violations and to promote IHL enforcement. These publications are ubiquitously cited in the media, and used as source material for governmental and United Nations inquiries, quasi-judicial bodies, the International Criminal Court, academic studies, and other frameworks.

די לתעמולה בדו"חות האו"ם

הדו"ח על "צוק איתן" של האו"ם עומד להתפרסם ולא מדברים על ארגונים לא-ממשלתיים שעליהם הוא מסתמך. ארגונים אלה חסרים את המומחיות במבצעים צבאיים ולא מודעים למה שקרה בפועל, אך עדיין מטיחים האשמות חמורות בישראל

[Opinion] NGO Silence on PLO Terror Verdict

Anne Herzberg maintains that while one would expect human rights and international justice NGOs and activists, who have campaigned on universal human rights issues for decades, to support the landmark decision of Sokolow v. PLO, their silence speaks volumes.

[Opinion] Findings, But Few Facts

Anne Herzberg maintains that without professionalization and standardization, NGO fact-finding should be viewed as nothing more than politicized advocacy.

[Opinion] The Palestinian War on Children

Anne Herzberg maintains that depraved exploitation and abuse of children as targets and weapons will not end so long as the UN, members of international community and NGOs continue to enable these atrocities.

[Opinion] With Friends Like Norway

Anne Herzberg maintains that the Norwegian government continues to provide tens of millions of kroner to organizations that actively promote BDS, campaign against the right of the Jewish people to self determination, and seek to undermine the Oslo Framework.

[Opinion] Showdown between UN Human Rights Council and Israel?

The UN, HRW, and the other organizations that are responsible for the dysfunctional state of affairs at the Human Rights Council have no one to blame but themselves. If the collapse of UPR is what it takes to force real change at the HRC and to end the stranglehold of abusive regimes at that institution, it will be worth it.

[Opinion] The Corrie case: Reckless choices

Anne Herzberg analyzes the Rachel Corrie case, ISMs anti-human rights agenda, and how NGO activists will spin the verdict to promote BDS, lawfare, and further attempts to delegitimize the Israeli justice system.

[Opinion] The truth about Gaza

Anne Herzberg and Jason Edelstein discuss Israel's Gaza policy in the wake of the release of Gilad Shalit and calls by NGOs to "lift the Gaza siege."

All articles by Anne Herzberg