Author Archives: Alana Tiemessen

“Let’s Ditch War Crimes”? Let’s Not Get Carried Away with Justice Criticism and Cynicism

Common criticisms and cynicism of international justice, and the International Criminal Court specifically, are frustrating as they tend to obscure reality, misunderstand both the limits and possibilities of accountability norms and institutions, and misdirect blame away from states whose cooperation … Continue reading

Posted in Complementarity, Deterrence, International Criminal Court (ICC), International Criminal Justice, Outreach, UN Security Council, War crimes | 2 Comments

New article: “The International Criminal Court and the Politics of Prosecutions”

I have a new article out in The International Journal of Human Rights that JiC readers might be interested in.*  If anyone does not have access to the journal through their library’s subscriptions, they are free to contact me for … Continue reading

Posted in Gravity, ICC Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC), Syria, UN Security Council, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

The ICC and Varieties of Deterrence

I recently attended an event, hosted by the Carr Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, to hear renowned scholar Beth Simmons and former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Luis Moreno-Ocampo discuss the ICC’s ability to deter civilian atrocities. … Continue reading

Posted in Complementarity, Conflict Resolution, Deterrence, ICC Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC), Syria, UN Security Council | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Indonesia and the False Promise of International Justice

Indonesia continues to have a contentious relationship with international justice. Now, “politics” is being blamed for Indonesia’s waning support for the ICC and ratification of the Rome Statute. According to this article out of the Jakarta Post, the ICC is … Continue reading

Posted in Asia, International Criminal Court (ICC) | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Defying Gravity: Seeking Political Balance in ICC Prosecutions

The International Criminal Court is often accused of being “political” or “politicized” in its selection of situations and cases. What has become most problematic for the Court’s credibility and impartiality in this regard are the situations and cases that have … Continue reading

Posted in Admissibility, Democratic Republic of Congo, ICC Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC), Ivory Coast / Côte d'Ivoire, Ivory Coast and the ICC, Uganda | Tagged , , , , | 11 Comments

Reparations for Lubanga’s Victims: What the ICC Can Do

Earlier this week, the International Criminal Court released the Trial Chamber’s decision on the principles and procedures to be applied to reparations following from Thomas Lubanga Dyilo’s war crimes conviction for enlisting and conscripting child soldiers and using them to … Continue reading

Posted in Child Soldiers, Democratic Republic of Congo, International Criminal Court (ICC) | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Will the African Union and ICC Mend Fences? New leadership, less bad blood

The African Union summit, held this past week in Ethiopia, could have important implications for the ICC’s relationship with African states. Despite such strong support among African states in the Rome Treaty negotiations for the ICC, the Court’s focus on … Continue reading

Posted in African Union (AU), Fatou Bensouda, Kenya, Sudan | 5 Comments

Failed States and International Judicial Intervention

The new Failed States Index, published yearly by Foreign Policy magazine and The Fund for Peace, is just out and it comes as no surprise that most states with cases at the International Criminal Court are highly ranked as “failed.” … Continue reading

Posted in Central African Republic (CAR), Complementarity, Democratic Republic of Congo, International Criminal Court (ICC), Ivory Coast / Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Libya, Sudan, Uganda | Tagged | 1 Comment

Does the ICC Need to Reconcile with Africa? Bensouda Comes Out Swinging

Fatou Bensouda, incoming Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, has put threatening war criminals and defiant states on notice. In several recent public statements she has directly addressed two of the Court’s most significant challenges: the accusation that the … Continue reading

Posted in African Union (AU), Fatou Bensouda, ICC Prosecutor | 8 Comments