Monday, October 8, 2018 - 15:33
The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva voted in September 2018 for the establishment of an evidence-gathering mechanism to provide accountability for gross human rights violations in Myanmar. Sean Bain of the International Commission of Jurists argues that this can complement existing or potential national and international justice systems, be that of the ICC, foreign courts with jurisdiction, or later in Myanmar, or a mix of these options. He says this is an important foundation for effective accountability which deserves support.
Monday, October 8, 2018 - 12:02
Ten years ago, the book “The Men Who Killed Me” was published. It gave 17 of the survivors of sexual crimes during the genocide in Rwanda (16 women and one man) a stage upon which they could share their photos, harrowing experiences and narrative with the world. Now, in light of the upcoming 25th commemoration of the genocide in 2019, it is the survivors’ wish to put forth an updated edition of the book to show how their lives have unfolded in the past decade.
Friday, September 28, 2018 - 14:41
There are many summer schools that bring together students and academics. Salzburg Law School started its first summer school 20 years ago, and held its last one just as the International Criminal Court celebrates 20 years since it was founded via the Rome Statute. One of the organisers looks back at the event in Salzburg and forwards to ask participants what needs to happen to "revitalise the international justice project"?
Friday, September 28, 2018 - 09:50
The 20th anniversary summer session of Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law (SLS) brought together a diverse group of students, academics and practicioners. But experts like Professor Suzannah Linton also believe “the dialogue on international justice needs to become more diverse and global.” Salzburg Law School started its first summer school 20 years ago, and held its last one just as the International Criminal Court celebrates 20 years since it was founded via the Rome Statute. One of the organisers looks back at the event in Salzburg and forwards to ask participants what needs to happen to "revitalise the international justice project".
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?”