Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 09:00
Helen Duffy, professor of human rights and humanitarian law at Leiden University, and director of Human Rights in Practice, uses case studies, especially of litigation she has worked on, to illustrate the challenges and impact of 'strategic human rights litigation' - a growing area where lawyers increasingly use courts and other bodies to protect human rights of individuals by holding states to account. One of her cases recently made the news when alleged high level Al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah won against Lithuania in the European Court of Human Rights over torture he experienced as part of the CIA's rendition programme in the 'war on terror'.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 18:40
Ameerah Haq from Bangladesh is a passionate advocate of the changes needed to enable women to take part fully in peacekeeping and peace-making. At a special International Women's Day-themed Hague Talks on the role of women in peacekeeping she used her experience as UN Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Field Support between April 2012 and July 2014 to spoke plainly about what the UN’s must do to clean up its act.
Ms Haq’s talk is published here as part of our #MyJustice series. It's been edited for clarity.
Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 14:35
In this week's review, news about the Bemba appeals hearings, the IACHR opinion on gender equality, rumours of a ICC investigation into Israeli settlements, war crimes arrests in Germany and Bosnia, ECCC funding and more
Friday, November 3, 2017 - 18:45
In this week's review, news about the ICC Office of The Prosecutor’s request to open an investigation into crimes in Afghanistan, the trial of Eshetu Alemu on Ethiopia in The Hague, ICC Budget report recommendations, and ICC Symposium on cooperation and complementarity
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 15:20
For nearly four decades Afghanistan has been engulfed in a complex series of armed conflicts, international interventions and religious and political extremism. The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the ICC stated in November 2016 that a final decision whether to request the Pre-Trial Chamber to authorise a full-fledged investigation in Afghanistan would be taken “imminently.” This announcement had raised hopes within the Afghan human rights community, as few possibilities for justice are available nationally or internationally for victims of crimes committed by Afghan nationals or foreign combatants (including from the United States) on Afghan territory. However, in spite of the 2016 announcement, the OTP has not yet requested authorisation from ICC judges to open a full investigation .