Category Archives: Peace Negotiations

ICC Prosecutor Enters the ‘Peace versus Justice’ Sweepstakes

Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), recently issued a ‘state of the union’ address from the ICC on the “peace versus justice” debate. The intervention, penned as a New York Times op-ed entitled ‘International Justice and Diplomacy’ introduced Bensouda’s voice … Continue reading

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The UN says Nuh-Uh to Mediators Talking with ICC Indictees?

Should we negotiate with individuals suspected of having committed the most egregious international crimes? This question goes to the very heart of the “peace versus justice” debate and has long been hotly contested. On the one hand, most in the … Continue reading

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Trading Justice for Temporary Peace: Not Just a Bad Idea?

If the United Nations Security Council ever refers the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court, you can be certain that the referral will include a reference to the Security Council’s ability, under Article 16 of the Rome Statute, … Continue reading

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The Taylor Case in Context

Six years after being arrested in his exile in Nigeria former Liberian President Charles Taylor has been convicted on 11 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) today. The court is … Continue reading

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Taking ‘Kony2012’ Down a Notch – Responding to Criticism

Over the past few days, many readers have commented on the blog, Twitter, Facebook and I want to thank you all for that. Thanks to everyone who took the time to read our perspective. We have contributed to an incredibly … Continue reading

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The Lack of Context in Discussions of Justice in Conflicts

International criminal law and transitional justice are highly dynamic fields. 2011 has yet again demonstrated this by its sheer eventfulness. The year started by the extradition of Callixte Mbarushimana to the ICC in January. A sealed arrest warrant had been … Continue reading

Posted in Darfur, Democratic Republic of Congo, International Criminal Court (ICC), Ivory Coast / Côte d'Ivoire, Ivory Coast and the ICC, Kwoyelo Trial, Libya, Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), Peace Negotiations, Peace Processes, Ratko Mladic, Sudan, Transitional Justice, Uganda, UN Security Council, Uncategorized, War crimes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Revisiting the Peace-Justice Debate in northern Uganda

Perhaps no nation has witnessed so impassioned a debate on the relationship between peace and international criminal justice as Uganda. Northern Uganda, a case many believed the Court could “cut its teeth” on, sparked a fierce discussion, popularly referred to … Continue reading

Posted in Human Rights, International Criminal Court (ICC), Justice, Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), Peace Negotiations, Peace Processes, Peacebuilding, Transitional Justice, Uganda | 8 Comments

The Fallacy of Sequencing Peace and Justice

A few weeks ago I spoke with a senior transitional justice researcher and aspiring politician from northern Uganda about the trials (if you excuse the pun) and tribulations of achieving peace and justice in the region. He described sentiments familiar … Continue reading

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The Hypocrisy of Demanding Justice Without Enforcing It

In questions of justice in conflicts authors have often described a marked divide between the interests of Western countries and the needs of the local populations directly affected by the conflict on the ground. Two prominent examples are Roy Licklider, … Continue reading

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Peace and Justice in Libya – Tripoli Falling, Justice Rising?

Reports are proliferating that the Libyan capital of Tripoli is on the verge of collapse. The level of resistance in the country has apparently now been withered to “pockets”. While the location of Col. Muammar Gaddafi remains unknown, the BBC … Continue reading

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