Justice Explained

Bertha von Suttner: The inspiration behind the Nobel Peace Prize is getting her due

Why is it that women's voices appear so rarely when discussing the history of peace movements and international law? One academic is championing efforts to celebrate the extraordinary life of a giant of the peace movements of more than 100 years ago - Bertha von Suttner. . She was not only the first woman to be solely awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, she’s also widely credited for inspiring Alfred Nobel to include a prize for champions of peace among the prizes provided for in his will. A lifelong pacifist, Bertha also wrote several books that championed the cause of peace activists worldwide. At a time when women were expected to be seen and not heard, Bertha was recognised as an outspoken leader in the peace movement. Yet, despite her gender-defying achievements and intellectual contributions, Bertha has been given short shrift in the tellings of history.

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Everything you always wanted to know about the Permanent Court of Arbitration (but didn’t know who to ask)

Despite being more than a hundred years old, not many people know much about the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) based in The Hague even though it deals with hundreds of cases every year. Justice Hub’s own Janet Anderson recently sat down with one of the foremost experts on the PCA, Prof Ricardo Abello Galvis, of the University del Rosario in Bogota Colombia, on the sidelines of the I Polyphonic Day on International Justice recently held in The Hague.

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Prlic et al at the ICTY

What legacy for the ICTY in the Balkans?

Judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) have been hearing this week arguments about the convictions for war crimes in 2013 of six former high ranking Bosnian Croats. They received a total of 111 years in the original verdict for forcibly removing Bosniaks in an attempt to create a ‘Greater Croatia’ during the 1990’s. Their war crimes and crimes against humanity included murders, rapes, sexual assault and deportations.

Their appeal – and the strong support for it in Croatia - is one example of how the tribunal’s legacy is in dispute.

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What is the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

What is the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia?

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) - commonly referred as the Khmer Rouge Tribunal or Cambodia Tribunal - is a hybrid court established in 1997 to try the most senior Khmer Rouge leaders for alleged violations of international law and serious crimes perpetrated during the Cambodian genocide.

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Why is Libya at the ICC?

Why is the Libya situation at the International Criminal Court?

Libya was a dictatorship from 1969 until 2011. Protests against the rule of Muammar Gaddafi began in mid-January 2011, with Libyans gathering to complain about political corruption. There were violent clashes with the police and numerous arrests. The protests escalated into a rebellion that quickly engulfed the entire country.

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Teaser - Intenrational Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

What is the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)?

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is a United Nations' court of law that deals with war crimes that took place during the conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990s.

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An inside look into how the ICC works

Countless hours have been spent speculating what the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court will do next. Will there be an investigation into crimes allegedly committed by the current Ivorian president, Alassane Ouattara? What will be the next investigation into the Democratic Republic of Congo? Why does it take so long for a case to get to trial?

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Why is the Mali situation at the ICC?

Why is the Mali situation at the ICC?

For much of its history, Mali has been unstable. Shortly after Mali achieved independence from France in 1960, the Tuaregs in the north of the country attempted their first rebellion to obtain independence and create the state of Azawad. The revolt failed, but the Tuaregs have launched several rebellions since then, the last one being in 2012.

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Why is the ICC situation at the ICC?

Why is the Uganda situation at the ICC?

The next in our series of long-form infocomics about the situations at the International Criminal Court. In 2003, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni presented an official referral to the ICC for the crimes allegedly committed by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). One of the LRA's leaders, Dominic Ongwen, is now in ICC custody in The Hague.

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Why is Kenya at the ICC?

Why is the Kenya situation at the ICC?

The next in our series of long-form infocomics about the situations at the International Criminal Court. In late December 2007, violence broke out in Kenya following a disputed election. Over 1100 people were killed and more than 600,000 were displaced in a two-month period.

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Why is the CAR II case at the ICC?

Why is the CAR II case at the ICC?

Justice Hub presents the third in a series of long-form infocomics about the situations that the International Criminal Court is dealing with.

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