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Annual International Bar Association (IBA) Conference on International Criminal Law

Tackling the big issues in International Criminal Justice

There are big questions facing the world of justice. At the annual International Bar Association (IBA) Conference on International Criminal Law the current issues such as terrorism and the permissible use of force, the new ICC crime of aggression, the role truth plays in the justice process, and whether the future of international criminal law will be in domestic courts were all deliberated.

Irwin Cotler - Canada’s former justice minister

Former Canadian Justice Minister: Venezuela should be referred to the ICC

A panel of three independent international experts appointed by the Secretary-General of Organization of American States (OAS) to look into whether crimes against humanity have been committed in Venezuela have recommended that the country be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Justice Hub recently spoke to one of the experts, Irwin Cotler, on what motived their decision.

Jean-Pierre Bemba

Bemba Acquitted of War Crimes at the ICC

We lay out the reasons why the Appeals Chamber at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has overturned Jean-Pierre Bemba’s conviction for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Mohammed Jabbateh, the Liberian warlord

Justice for Liberia: The Way Forward After Historic Verdict and 30-Year Sentence

On 19 April 2018, Mohammed Jabbateh, the Liberian warlord known as “Jungle Jabbah”, was sentenced to 30 years in prison in Philadelphia, the culmination of a landmark case in the United States and marking a long-overdue milestone for justice in Liberia. What are the next steps in the Liberian Quest for Justice?

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.

David Schwendiman - Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office

Kosovo: An unexpected exit foils the plans of a resolute prosecutor

David Schwendiman, a seasoned US attorney and war crimes expert, is being forced to step down as the Specialist Prosecutor (SP) at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office. Before news of his imminent exit was made public, Schwendiman had spoken to journalists in The Hague about how exactly he planned to marshal facts to hold powerful individuals accountable for grave crimes committed in Kosovo between January 1998 and December 2000. As part of our #MyJustice series, here is Schwendiman, in his own words, explaining how he’s made “accountability” the watchword at the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SPO)

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.

Paul McNally, the founding Director of Citizen Justice Network

This South African innovation is using community radio to link people with justice solutions

In this interview, conducted as part of our popular #MyJustice series, Justice Hub talks to Paul McNally, the founding Director of Citizen Justice Network, a South African justice innovation which won the Innovating Justice Challenge 2017

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.