Category Archives: Middle East

Gaddafi Regime Decries Uneven Justice – And They’re Right

It appears that Gaddafi, his regime and the human rights community are on the same page about at least one thing: Libya should not be the only state investigated for committing crimes against its own people. In reaction to yesterday’s … Continue reading

Posted in International Criminal Court (ICC), Justice, Middle East, Syria, UN Security Council | 2 Comments

Killing bin Laden: Justice, International Law and Legitimacy – A Compilation of Perspectives

The debate regarding the legality, justness and legitimacy of killing bin Laden continues. I figured it may be beneficial to create a post where some of the most sophisticated and fascinating perspectives on these subjects could be compiled. Keep in … Continue reading

Posted in Middle East, Osama bin Laden, Osama bin Laden and international law, Terrorism, UN Security Council, United States | 6 Comments

The “Justice” of Killing bin Laden and What it Means for Gaddafi

Last night, President Barack Obama announced to eager audiences around the world that America’s most wanted man, Osama bin Laden, had been assassinated. Obama described bin Laden’s death by declaring that “justice has been done.” People around the globe are … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, International Criminal Court (ICC), Libya, Libya and the ICC, Middle East, Osama bin Laden, Pakistan, Terrorism | 11 Comments

Syria and the International Criminal Court: Taking Justice Seriously

Syria has gone from bad to worse. According to reports, hundreds of peaceful, pro-democracy protesters have now been killed by authorities cracking down on any attempt to undermine the regime. This statement, or something approximating it, has probably been written … Continue reading

Posted in Egypt, International Criminal Court (ICC), Middle East, Syria, Transitional Justice, Tunisia | 6 Comments

The Tides of Justice: Egypt set to join the ICC

Oh, how things change! Today Egypt declared its intentions to join the ICC. Its position towards Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir remains conflicted and problematic. Nevertheless, Egypt’s turn towards international justice is a significant and positive development for proponents of international … Continue reading

Posted in Arab League, Darfur, Egypt, Human Rights, International Criminal Court (ICC), Middle East, Sudan, Transitional Justice | 6 Comments

Could Justice be Deferred for Peace in Libya?

A lot has been said about the UN Security Council’s referral of the situation in Libya to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The referral has sparked a fascinating debate on a multitude of legal and political issues. With regards to … Continue reading

Posted in Article 16, International Criminal Court (ICC), Libya, Middle East, Sudan, UN Security Council | 5 Comments

ICC Opens Investigation into Libya – Political Implications and Promise

No surprise here. The ICC has officially opened an investigation into the situation in Libya just days after the UN Security Council unanimously referred Libya to the Court. The Prosecutor will investigate potential crimes against humanity committed by Muammar Gaddafi, … Continue reading

Posted in African Union (AU), International Criminal Court (ICC), Kosovo, Libya, Middle East, Serbia, Slobodan Milosevic | Leave a comment

International Criminal Justice Sweeping the Arab World?

“Genocide”, “war crimes”, “crimes against humanity”. All of these words have been invoked to describe recent events in the ever-tumultuous Arab world where popular movements have resulted in mass protests and the toppling of governments. This marks a dramatic shift … Continue reading

Posted in Arab League, Egypt, International Criminal Court (ICC), Libya, Middle East, Tunisia | 3 Comments

Sudan’s Bashir to Step Down – But Why?

Reports out of Sudan indicate that President Omar al-Bashir will not run for the Presidency of the country in the next elections, set to take place 4 years from now. Bashir, who has been indicted by the ICC for war … Continue reading

Posted in Egypt, International Criminal Court (ICC), Middle East, Peace Negotiations, Southern Sudan, Sudan, Tunisia, United States | 2 Comments