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  1. The world’s best kept secret – who killed Hammarskjöld?

    Published 24th October 2019

    “It is of utmost importance to the victims’ families, as a matter of record, history, justice, and closure that the full truth be revealed and discovered.” —Mohamed Chande Othman On Monday the 7th of October the UN published its report, compiled by former Chief Justice of Tanzania, Mohamed Chande Othman, on the investigation into the […]

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  2. From immunities to the Afghanistan decision-talking international criminal justice with Stephen Rapp

    Published 25th September 2019

    I sat down with Stephen Rapp, (formerly Chief of Prosecutions at the ICTR, Prosecutor at the SCSL, and US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice; now a Fellow at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Prevention of Genocide and Oxford University’s Blavatnik School) to talk about some of the burning issues in international criminal justice […]

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  3. Burundi “A general climate of impunity” – the latest UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi Report

    Published 9th September 2019

    On 4 September last week the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi released its latest report. The situation in Burundi continues to warrant deep concern as grave human rights violations persist. Experts estimate that it may only get worse as the 2020 elections draw closer. After all, it was a political crisis in 2015 election […]

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  4. Chemical weapons in Syria – German and Belgian companies complicit?

    Published 16th July 2019

    For decades, civil society actors from the Global South have been asking when weapons manufacturers (who are usually from Europe/ the US) will be held accountable in some way for the arms they supply that ultimately fuel conflict in the Global South. The June 2019 legal complaint involving Sasol Solvents Germany GmbH, BASF Antwerpen NV, […]

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  5. The distance between human rights and the EU: the Libyan migration crisis

    Published 9th July 2019

    “From the big ship they were making calls, but said: ‘Sorry, we can’t take you, it’s not my fault, orders are that Libyans will come to take you’. Meanwhile, I could see people dying on the other boat, pieces of boat were floating and bodies too. [By the time] a small Libyan ship came to […]

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  6. Universal Jurisdiction- Opportunities and Hurdles

    Published 5th May 2019

    At a time when the International Criminal Court is facing significant challenges, many are questioning the trajectory of the global international criminal justice project. However, universal jurisdiction presents refreshed avenues for justice, particularly in the case of the atrocities committed in Liberia during the civil war in 1989-2003. Last week, the Swiss Office of the […]

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  7. Sudan and the people’s revolution-out with the old…

    Published 16th April 2019

    Many thought this day would never come, and I consider myself one of them. Last week President Omar al Bashir became former President Omar al Bashir after months of citizen led protests and a definitive intervention by the Sudanese Army. The remarkable power of citizen protests and the dogged determination to topple a corrupt regime […]

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  8. The Central African Republic- Peace at Last?

    Published 1st March 2019

    The 2012 civil war saw the inhabitants of the Central African Republic (CAR) experience the worst atrocities. During the week of 2 February this year, the CAR government signed a peace accord with the 14 rebel groups that have been jostling for power and control in the mineral rich central African nation. This is the […]

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  9. The Gbagbo acquittal

    Published 24th January 2019

    Last week the International Criminal Court (ICC) acquitted Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé from all charges of crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Côte d’Ivoire in 2010/ 2011, a devastating blow to the victims and prosecution witnesses.  It has given the Court’s critics ammunition to further discredit the institution as they view acquittals as a […]

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  10. Diversity reigns: the women of the 116th US Congress

    Published 10th January 2019

    There is very little good news coming out of the US these days and US leadership (in the form of the current president and his supporters) is exhibiting deep and vexing shades of racism, bigotry, misogyny and xenophobia. However, the swearing into office of the nation’s most diverse Congress in the history of the country […]

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