Category Archives: International Law

7 Random Thoughts on Justice and Stuff

A lot has happened in the world of international justice since my last post at JiC. So here are 7 stories and thoughts on the ICC and other justice-related stuff from recent weeks. 1. A Strong and Weak ICC? It … Continue reading

Posted in Admissibility, Complementarity, Crime of Aggression, Humanitarian Intervention, ICC Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC), International Law, Justice, Kenya, Kenya and the ICC, Libya, Libya and the ICC, Palestine, Palestine and the ICC, Peace Negotiations, Responsibiltiy to Protect (R2P), Transitional Justice, UN Security Council | Leave a comment

Unfortunate but Unsurprising? Obama Undermines the ICC

In the brief history of the International Criminal Court (ICC), few issues have received as much attention – from the Court, the human rights community and academics – than the relationship between the United States and the Court. Last week, … Continue reading

Posted in Article 98, Bilateral Immunity Agreements, International Criminal Court (ICC), International Law, Mali, United States | Leave a comment

Trials and Tribulations at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

Earlier this month, the first trials at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) finally got under way. Karlijn van der Voort joins JiC for this very timely overview of the many difficulties and challenges facing this unique tribunal. Karlijn is a … Continue reading

Posted in International Criminal Justice, International Law, Lebanon, Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Terrorism | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Nothing but Verdicts: The Purpose of Tribunals

On the verge of the final verdict in the Charles Taylor trial, Thijs B. Bouwknegt joins JiC for this critical examination of the role and purpose of international criminal tribunals. Thijs is a legal historian and researcher at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust … Continue reading

Posted in International Law, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Special Court for Sierra Leone, Special Court for SIerra Leone (SCSL) | Tagged | 6 Comments

Kenya’s Withdrawal from the ICC – An Act in Vain?

Yesterday, Kenya’s Parliament voted in favour of a motion to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). In the wake of the vote, there has been some alarmist rhetoric about what Kenya’s move to withdraw from the Court means for … Continue reading

Posted in International Criminal Court (ICC), International Law, Justice, Kenya, Kenya and the ICC | Tagged , , | 10 Comments

The ICC and Kenya Parting Ways? What it Means and What it Doesn’t.

UPDATE: Kenyan Parliament has now approved a motion to withdraw from the ICC. A bill will be introduced to this effect in 30 days. Opposition MPs boycotted the vote. For a new post on whether the vote was in vain, … Continue reading

Posted in International Criminal Court (ICC), International Law, Justice, Kenya, Kenya and the ICC | Tagged , , | 23 Comments

To Intervene or not to Intervene – R2P and the Murky Legal Options in Syria

James P. Rudolph joins JiC for this guest-post on R2P and the legal options for intervening in Syria. James is an attorney in Washington, D.C. and California where his work focuses on international law. He has previously written on R2P in … Continue reading

Posted in International Law, Responsibiltiy to Protect (R2P), Syria, UN Security Council, United Nations, United States | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments

Meeting the Devil’s Advocate – An Interview with Jacques Vergès

The following glimpse into the life and mind of Jacques Vergès is brought to you by Chris Tenove. Chris is a doctoral candidate in Political Science at the University of British Columbia where his research explores the political and ethical dilemmas of global … Continue reading

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Could the International Criminal Court be a Development Agency?

Teddy Nicholson joins JiC with this unique and insightful guest-post on the relationship between development and international criminal justice. A version of this piece was originally posted on the new site, The Development Blog. Check it out! When we talk … Continue reading

Posted in Development, International Criminal Court (ICC), International Law, Justice | 2 Comments

Information is Beautiful, International Criminal Justice Style

Kevin Jon Heller at Opinion Juris beat me to the punch, but this is most definitely worth sharing with JiC readers. Daniel McLaughlin, who has been a legal officer at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) and is … Continue reading

Posted in ICTY, International Criminal Court (ICC), International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), International Law, Special Court for SIerra Leone (SCSL), Special Tribunal for Lebanon | Tagged | 1 Comment