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.
Uganda is one of the few countries that have set up local mechanisms for trying grave crimes like genocide and war crimes. Ugandan Judge Flavia Senoga Anglin recently spoke to a rapt Hague Talks audience about the tragic events that led her country to establish the International Crimes Division of Uganda.
When there is an atrocity committed in a far-flung part of the world and experts are needed to investigate it, Justice Rapid Response (JRR) has the capacity to quickly assemble a team to collect and preserve evidence for use in future legal action against the perpetrator(s). In an interview with Justice Hub, JRR’s Executive Director Andras Vamos-Goldman told us “The 21st century works very differently. It requires a much faster reaction time because everything is faster in the 21st century so we are there to try to make the work of institutions including the work the ICC, the UN, and regional bodies faster. Not just faster but also more cost-effective.”
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.
An Emerging Framework for All of Africa: The Right to a Fair Trial at The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and Fair Trial Rights
At the end of last month,, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Court) handed down an unprecedented ten decisions. These decisions, made up of judgements, requests for advisory opinions and applications for interpretation of past judgements each all deserve to be examined in detail. This article by Oliver Windridge does just that.
By Brian Obara
Some things are impossible until they happen. Hissène Habré, the former Chadian dictator, evaded justice for almost three decades. Many of his victims had lost hope that he would ever be brought to justice let alone that it could happen on African soil....
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.
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.
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.
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.