Happy New Years!
2013 brought a host of fascinating developments in the world of international criminal justice. With around a 100 posts, our regular contributors, guest-posters and I myself tried to cover as much as we could and provide thoughtful commentaries. We look forward to doing the same in 2014.
To ring in the new year, here are five predictions (some more plausible than others) for 2014:
– The ICC will open its first official investigation outside of the African continent. It will ruffle the feathers of Western powers, but the Court’s investigations will be restricted enough not to make them sweat.
– Joseph Kony will remain elusive. There may be reports of “surrender talks” or perhaps even his death but he will not be captured.
– Another Libyan will be indicted by the ICC and Libya will not have any issue with it. But, when 2015 rolls around, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi will still not have been tried and the ICC’s Office of the Prosecutor will not have any issue with it.
– Not only will the Court not intervene in Syria, but no resolution at the UN Security Council will be proposed to refer the situation there to the ICC.
– I will finish my PhD.
What are your predictions?
Thank you all, as always, for your readership and contributions. Here’s to another year of a little more justice and a little less conflict!