Courtside Justice

Courtside Justice is a bi-monthly column by Mark Kersten, the creator of Justice in Conflict. It delves into the politics and dilemmas of international justice.

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Darfur Victims withdraw from ICC case against Bashir

Courtside Justice with Mark Kersten
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 11:33

It has been a decade since the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened its investigation into alleged mass atrocities committed in Darfur. Those ten years have been, to say the least, a rocky ride for international justice.

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Who's afraid of the ICC in Georgia?

Courtside Justice with Mark Kersten
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 10:11

The International Criminal Court (ICC) may have finally found its ‘road out of Africa’. Prosecutors at the ICC have asked the Court’s judges to grant them an official investigation into the allegations of war crimes committed during the war between Georgia and Russia over the territory of South Ossetia.

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The curious timing of announcements at the ICC

Courtside Justice with Mark Kersten
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 15:21

International institutions, political parties and big companies. Something all of these have in common is their interest in sharing good news when the world is paying attention and bad news when it isn’t. The International Criminal Court is no different.

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Justice in Syria

Courtside Justice with Mark Kersten
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 11:21

Anyone would be excused for believing that things in Syria may get worse before they get better. Millions of civilians live in daily fear for their security. Those who manage to escape do so to a new kind of hell that is migration to and through south-eastern Europe.

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What does Ukraine's latest ICC move mean?

Courtside Justice with Mark Kersten
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 15:52

After months of speculation, Ukraine has finally decided to refer the violence in the country since February 2014 to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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Should War Crime Perpetrators Pursue Doctorates?

Courtside Justice with Mark Kersten
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 10:21

The first-ever individual convicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) has asked judges at The Hague-based Court to grant him early release so that he can pursue a PhD.

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Is local ICC justice necessarily better than ICC justice?

Courtside Justice with Mark Kersten
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 12:41

Should the ICC be a traveling court? Should its judges, prosecutors, and defence lawyers present their cases in the very same contexts and in the same communities where the alleged perpetrators committed their crimes? Beyond issues of security, what are the potential costs of doing so?

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The ICC and Africa (Part 3)

Courtside Justice with Mark Kersten
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 09:18

The last in a three part series by Mark Kersten about the troubled relationship between the African continent and the International Criminal Court.

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The ICC and Africa (Part 2)

Courtside Justice with Mark Kersten
Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 10:01

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has an ‘Africa problem’. The Court is widely perceived as a Western, neo-colonial institution that unfairly targets African states. The ICC and its champions insist this isn’t the case. The Court is simply misunderstood and is, in fact, a court for not against Africa.

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The ICC and Africa (Part 1)

Courtside Justice with Mark Kersten
Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 08:11

There is no point denying it. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has a problem with its relationship with African states. Well over a decade into its existence, the ICC has never opened an official investigation outside of the African continent.

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