Justice Explained

Female UN peacekeeper

Celebrating women in peacekeeping

29th of May is the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. This year's theme is “70 Years of Service and Sacrifice." We mark the day by calling attention to the special role female officers play in peacekeeping missions all over the world.

Human rights

Do we need human rights law?

In a world of unprecedented refugee flows, seemingly endless wars and rising levels of xenophobia and inequality, many have been questioning the point of human rights.

How to withdraw from the ICC

How to leave the ICC

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines says his country will withdraw from the International Criminal Court. We explain how that happens and what it means for the Philippines (and what it doesn't mean)

Rwanda genocide perpetrator

The Humanity of Evil: Interviewing Genocide Perpetrators

What do perpetrators say to justify their role in genocides? Researcher and author Kjell Anderson has spent years researching the topic and he shares some illuminating insights in this piece.

African Union presidents "family photo" with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.jpg

Negotiated Engagement: The Latest in the Africa-ICC Relationship

At the thirtieth summit of the African Union (AU) last month, African states took a bold decision. They agreed to ask the United Nations General Assembly to seek an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the issue of head of state immunity. For years now, this has been an ongoing point of contention for many states in their relationship with the International Criminal Court (ICC). So what’s behind the AU’s decision and what does it tell us about the ICC and its relationship with African states?

Kavumu - DRC

The Kavumu trial: Complementarity in action in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Between early 2013 and June 2016, in the village of Kavumu, a few dozen kilometers from Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu province, as many as 40 young girls whose ages ranged from 18 months to 10 years old were abducted and raped before being returned to their families. On December 13, 2017 11 Congolese militia members and a provincial lawmaker Frederic Batumike were found guilty of murder and rape as crimes against humanity. This is the story of how the women of Kavumu finally got justice.

Judge Koffi Kumelio A. Afande,

Former ICTY Judge : Victims in the Kenyan ICC cases got a raw deal

Judge Koffi Kumelio A. Afande, who has served on both the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has given a damning appraisal of the outcome of the Kenyan cases at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the victims, particularly on reparations. It is rare to hear a judge of Afande’s stature speak so frankly of the shortcomings the international criminal justice system.

Somali Chief justice Ibrahim Iidle Saleeban

Somali Chief justice Ibrahim Iidle Saleeban: Peace cannot come without justice

To start the year off right, Justice Hub is today publishing the first of a series of exclusive interviews with esteemed African judges. The interviews, which will run for the next few weeks, are part of our popular #MyJustice series that aims to shine a spotlight on sung and unsung heroes working to make the world a more peaceful, just and inclusive place. 

Justice James Alala Deng

South Sudan Supreme Court Justice James Alala Deng: Justice is everything

Justice Dr James Alala Deng, a member of the South Sudan Supreme Court, tells us why, despite all the obvious challenges and setbacks, he believes that justice is still possible in Africa’s youngest democracy.


On genocide: Just saying “no more” is not enough

By Justice Hub

Chaim Litewski’s parents experienced the horrors of Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Because of this, as Litewski told a packed audience at a recent...

Pilirani Khoza from Malawi

Donor funding priorities in Africa: A perspective from Malawi

Pilirani Khoza, a Malawian delegate at the African Union - European Union Summit in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire , told Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Halbe Zijlstra her views on what young people in Africa need.