Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 12:37
The clock is ticking. In just about eleven and a half months, South Africa is set to officially withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). Here at the Assembly of States Parties (ASP), though, the overall feeling is optimistic.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 15:45
Contrary to the suggestion of some, the dust on South Africa’s and Burundi’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) has not settled. It won't for some time. These two withdrawals have sparked an intense debate on the future of the ICC. Many observers have already provided cogent commentary since South Africa deposited its notice of withdrawal to the United Nations Secretary General. In this post, I want to offer and add a few thoughts on what South Africa’s and Burundi’s decisions mean.
Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 10:31
A government led by a President accused of mass human rights violations and crimes against humanity is seeking to end its relationship with the International Criminal Court (ICC). His plan, however is likely to backfire. Nkurunziza and his henchmen cannot escape ICC justice, even if they do withdraw.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 14:34
You don’t have to be a critic of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to accept that its first fifteen years have been rough. The institution’s ability to deliver on its mandate of ending impunity for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide hasn’t gone according to plan. Not even close. Now, it seems, the Court is trying a different tack.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 12:25
Following the twenty-seventh African Union summit, it seems brighter days may lie ahead for the tumultuous relationship between African states and the International Criminal Court (ICC). In the wake of the summit, which took place earlier this month in Kigali, Rwanda, numerous reports suggested that African states stood up in support of the ICC and actively prevented the issue of a mass, Africa-wide withdrawal from the ICC landing on the official agenda of the gathered African heads of state.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 12:14
There are those who dream of the day when former British prime minister Tony Blair faces a panel of judges and answers to allegations that he was responsible for war crimes in Iraq. Blair and his former ‘partner in crime’ (no pun intended), former U.S. president George W. Bush, are also the poster boys for the unevenness of international justice. Go to a conference on the ICC and you’ll invariably hear the question: “What about Bush and Blair? Why are they not at the Court?”
Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 09:31
Is international criminal justice worth spying on? Do states invest in penetrating the halls of international criminal tribunals with their intelligence officers?
Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 12:06
There is no point denying it. The current global production of mass atrocities far outnumbers the tools and institutions able to respond to them. There is a far greater demand for, than supply of, international justice.
Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 07:34
The African Group for Justice and Accountability (AGJA) had just been launched at one of the dozens of Assembly of States Parties (ASP) side events. There were a few minutes left and so, as the moderator of the event, I opened the session up for a public Q & A. A man seated near the front of the packed room introduced himself as the senate leader from Kenya and asked the panelists to discuss the International Criminal Court’s alleged double standards towards African states.
Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 08:54
This year’s Report on Preliminary Examination Activities from the International Criminal Court (ICC) carried within it a number of fascinating - and crucial - details into who and what is falling under the ICC’s microscope. Below are five important takeaways that demonstrate and increasingly emboldened, provocative and courageous institution, not to mention one that really doesn’t look like it’s unfairly picking on Africa.