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What happens when criminal justice goes international?

13/11/2017 – 11:21 am |

Mikkel Jarle Christensen, associate professor in iCourts, and Ron Levi, professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs, have published a new edited volume with Routledge: International Practices of Criminal Law: Social and Legal Perspectives.
The edited volume examines the practitioners, practices, and institutions that are transforming the relationship between criminal justice and international governance. The book links two dimensions of international criminal justice, by analyzing the fields of international …

CfP: The International Law of Military Operations: Mapping the Field, 21–23 June 2016, Exeter, United Kingdom

09/03/2016 – 12:33 pm | Comments Off on CfP: The International Law of Military Operations: Mapping the Field, 21–23 June 2016, Exeter, United Kingdom

Conference Theme
Military deployments in the territory of other States are subject to a diverse range of rules under international law. In recent years, it has become increasingly common to refer to these rules as ‘operations law’ or the ‘international law of military operations’.
Despite the growing popularity of the term, its meaning and utility remain uncertain. The rules of international law governing military operations are complex …

Read select articles for free from a special issue on Srebrenica from the Netherlands International Law Review

12/09/2015 – 9:58 pm | Comments Off on Read select articles for free from a special issue on Srebrenica from the Netherlands International Law Review

The Netherlands International Law Review commemorates Srebrenica
On Tuesday 11 July 1995, a date which will live in infamy, the town of Srebrenica was overrun by Bosnian Serb forces. In order to commemorate this tragedy so that we will never forget, the Board of Editors of the Netherlands International Law Review invited a select number of authors to contribute to a Special Issue on the Impact …

Erika de Wet and Jann Kleffner (eds), Convergence and Conflicts of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in Military Operations (PULP, 2014)

04/02/2015 – 9:09 am | Comments Off on Erika de Wet and Jann Kleffner (eds), Convergence and Conflicts of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in Military Operations (PULP, 2014)

The book, edited by Erika de Wet and Jann Kleffner, explores the implications of the increased interplay between international human rights law (IHRL) and international humanitarian law (IHL) in military operations, sometimes in ways that imply convergence and other times in ways that suggest conflict. These convergences and/ or conflicts are particularly acute in non-international armed conflicts, situations of belligerent occupation and in the area …

“Children & International Criminal Justice” at Georgia Law features ICC Prosecutor, dozens of other experts (28 October 2014)

01/10/2014 – 10:18 am | Comments Off on “Children & International Criminal Justice” at Georgia Law features ICC Prosecutor, dozens of other experts (28 October 2014)

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will keynote “Children & International Justice,” an international experts’ conference, to be held Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens. The law school is home to Professor Diane Marie Amann, who serves as Bensouda’s Special Adviser on Children in and affected by Armed Conflict.
Taking part will be more than 2 dozen experts in …

Call for Papers: “The Changing Nature of Peacekeeping: Challenges for Jus ad Bellum, Jus in Bello and Human Rights”

23/04/2014 – 7:16 pm | One Comment

Call for Papers:

“The Changing Nature of Peacekeeping: Challenges for Jus ad Bellum, Jus in Bello and Human Rights”
A Joint ESIL IGPS/SHARES Project Symposium 

The European Society of International Law Interest Group on Peace and Security (ESIL IGPS) and the Research Project on Shared Responsibility in International Law (SHARES Project) organize a joint symposium to be held in conjunction with the 10th ESIL Anniversary Conference in Vienna, …

UN – Ukraine: peacekeeping talks after escalating riots

15/04/2014 – 7:00 pm | Comments Off on UN – Ukraine: peacekeeping talks after escalating riots

Following outbreaks of violence between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russia militias on Sunday and at the risk of further escalation, the acting government in Ukraine has decided to ask the UN Security Council  to extend peacekeeping forces in cities “under siege” on the eastern part of the country, such as Donetsk and Slavyansk.
Ukraine special forces were said to have exchanged gunfire with the militias in eastern …

The UN sued in America for the Haitian cholera outbreak

20/11/2013 – 4:57 pm | Comments Off on The UN sued in America for the Haitian cholera outbreak

A few weeks ago a group of Haitian cholera victims took the extraordinary step of filing a class action suit against the United Nations in the Manhattan Federal District Court. The claimants ultimately seek compensation from the United Nations, alleging on the basis of overwhelming scientific evidence that the Haitian cholera outbreak was inadvertently caused by Nepalese peacekeepers stationed at a UN base close to …

The Netherlands Responsible for Death of Three Muslim Men in Srebrenica

07/09/2013 – 7:59 am | Comments Off on The Netherlands Responsible for Death of Three Muslim Men in Srebrenica

The Supreme Court of the Netherlands found on 6 September 2013 that the Dutch State is responsible for the death of three Muslim men from Srebrenica who sought refuge in the compound of the Dutch battalion (Dutchbat) in July 1995. The Dutchbat refused to evacuate them and sent them away from the compound. Shortly thereafter, the men were murdered by the Bosnian-Serb army or related paramilitary …

Edited volume: ‘An Institutional Approach to the Responsibility to Protect’, Cambridge University Press, 2013

01/07/2013 – 10:23 am | Comments Off on Edited volume: ‘An Institutional Approach to the Responsibility to Protect’, Cambridge University Press, 2013

My edited book entitled ‘An Institutional Approach to the Responsibility to Protect’ has been published last week by Cambridge University Press. Kevin T. Mason has ably and kindly assisted me in the editing process. Through its 22 chapters, covering the State, the main political organs of the UN, important regional and security organizations, international judicial institutions and the regional human rights protection systems, the book …

NATO Gender Mainstreaming and the Feminist Critique of the Law of Armed Conflict

15/05/2013 – 11:28 am | Comments Off on NATO Gender Mainstreaming and the Feminist Critique of the Law of Armed Conflict

We have the pleasure to host on our blog a post by our colleague, Jody M. Prescott, Senior Fellow, West Point Center for the Rule of Law, and adjunct professor, Department of Political Science, University of Vermont. For those interested the full article is available at Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, Volume XIV, Issue 1, Winter 2013, pp. 83-133.

 “Will NATO gender mainstreaming efforts  accomplish greater …

Mladic to face genocide charges

19/05/2012 – 2:19 pm | Comments Off on Mladic to face genocide charges

Ratko Mladic led ethnic cleansing, war crimes trial told
BBC’s Mike Wooldridge: “The prosecutor said Ratko Mladic was implementing a plan to exterminate non-Serbs”
Former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic intended to “ethnically cleanse” Bosnia, the opening day of his war crimes trial has heard. Gen Mladic faces 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including genocide, in connection with the brutal 1992-95 Bosnian …

A Critique of 'Humanitarian' Interventionism in Libya

20/03/2011 – 11:33 pm | One Comment

Following the questions raised about the discharge of the responsibility to protect by Gentian Zyberi in his recent post on the situation in Libya, and the remarks I previously made on the situation in Egypt and the responsibility of the international community, I would like to draw our readers’ attention to a revealing and insightful analysis conducted by two UCLA scholars in an opinion article …

ICC's Review Conference: Will Two Weeks Be Enough?

31/05/2010 – 12:44 pm | 2 Comments

Dominik’s earlier post calls attention to a very important event, the ICC’s Review Conference which starts today in Kampala, Uganda. The agenda for the conference includes a stocktaking exercise, including discussion of the impact of the Rome Statute system on victims and affected communities; and, issues of peace and justice, including managing the challenges of integrating justice efforts and peace processes. Amendments to the Rome Statute …

Book Review: Democracy Goes to War – British Military Deployments under International Law

19/04/2010 – 1:05 am | Comments Off on Book Review: Democracy Goes to War – British Military Deployments under International Law

Nigel D. White, Democracy Goes to War – British Military Deployments under International Law (Oxford: OUP, 2009) ISBN-13: 978-0-19-921859-2 
Nigel D. White, Professor of International Law at the University of Sheffield, in this book presents a clear doctrinal narrative on a very sensitive issue of the use of military force and peacekeeping.  The book specifically analyzes the deployment of British troops after the end of WWII …

Hezbollah Violates Resolution 1701

28/07/2009 – 8:39 am | Comments Off on Hezbollah Violates Resolution 1701

In past weeks various UN spokespeople have been issuing rare condemnations of Hezbollah’s violations of Resolution 1701.
The Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Michael Williams, has said that there were “clearly” violations of the resolution on the part of the organisation; meanwhile Haaretz reports on Alain Le Roy, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, accusing Hezbollah of maintaining an arms cache in south Lebanon and agitating civilian groups into …

The Environment and Armed Conflicts

25/03/2009 – 10:16 am | One Comment

The overarching consideration that the belligerent parties in armed conflicts should adhere to must be the need to avoid unnecessary civilian casualties. This, however, is not the sole concern. In addition to taking into consideration the plight of civilians, belligerent parties will also have to take into account the environment. Environmental issues are linked to armed conflicts in a number of ways. For instance, Article …

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

28/05/2008 – 9:46 pm | Comments Off on International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

Today, 29th of May, is the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers which is aimed at paying tribute to the men and women who have served or are still serving in United Nations peacekeeping operations. The UN peacekeeping missions, currently 17 different ones stationed all over the world, have been in the media quite a bit in recent times. In part because they have once again …