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Australia launches unprecedented war crimes probe
The new Office of the Special Investigator is to start work on January 4. Its job is to investigate alleged war crimes committed by Australian…
World watches as Swiss vote on “responsible business”
On November 29 the Swiss vote on a proposal that would make Swiss-based multinationals accountable for environmental crimes and human rights abuses in relation to…
Restitution of cultural property: Do you have to go to court?
In the era of “Black Lives Matter” and the toppling of colonial statues, there is increased demand for restitution of cultural property seized or looted…
Gicheru: back to the heart of darkness in the ICC’s Kenyan case
Special edition – podcast and article. In a surprise move Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru has appeared, on November 6 at the International Criminal Court, to…
Kabuga’s transfer to the Mechanism: Is it the right thing to do?
The surprise arrest in May of an old Rwandan man, soon after the end of lockdown in a chic Paris suburb, is having knock-on consequences.…
Myanmar Mechanism knocking at Naypyidaw’s door
The UN’s new evidence-gathering body on international crimes in Myanmar, launched a year ago, announced it has started to share information in the Rohingya genocide…
The ICC is looking for a new prosecutor – and it starts with a surprise
On June 30, the selection committee in charge of submitting candidates for the most important job at the International Criminal Court – the Prosecutor –…
Why Liberia’s TRC archives stay in a US university
July 1 will mark eleven years since Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission published its report. But not only have its main recommendations not been implemented,…
Looking to keep transitional justice archives safe? Call the Swiss
While the Dutch house international courts and support many transitional justice mechanisms around the globe, the Swiss offer the “after care” services by attracting the…
MH17: Why the Dutch ruled out war crimes charges
Three Russians and one Ukrainian are prosecuted by a Dutch court for the shooting down of a civilian aircraft in July 2014, killing all 298…
Looking for ways to address war crimes in Yemen
Up until now, the war in Yemen has not noticeably been a major focus for war crimes accountability campaigners. But in recent months some specific…
Myanmar: the UN body is building up, and watching
The latest evidence gathering body, located in Geneva, is for Myanmar. It is one of the United Nations’ “International, Impartial, Investigative Mechanisms”. How is this…
Pass the parcel at the ICC
The Assembly of State Parties of the International Criminal Court took place last week. It essentially came up with the creation of a 9-member expert…
Indigenous people are winning court battles
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE SERIES (2/3) The Amazonian ecosystem is under threat, yet indigenous people have been fighting for it for more than 20 years before the…
Corporate responsibility in war crimes, a new legal battlefield
NGOs suffered a big setback last week when a French court dismissed a charge against Lafarge of complicity in crimes against humanity in Syria. But…
Stop genocide against the Rohingya, Gambia asks the ICJ
Gambia today referred Myanmar to the International Court of Justice, accusing it of committing genocide against the Rohingya minority, on behalf of the Organization for…
CAR II: Secret Story at the ICC, second season
In the Central African Republic case number 2, aka “CAR II”, the International Criminal Court prosecutor has presented an evidence largely marked by the seal…
Christel Cournil: Now is the time to link the climate issue to human rights
JUSTICEINFO.NET IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS Christel Cournil Professor of public law at Sciences Po Toulouse, co-author of “Les procès climatiques : entre le national et l’international” (2018). Swedish…
Raw truth of Swiss administrative detention finally made public
At least 60,000 people were subject to forced “administrative detentions” or compulsory “welfare” measures, often abused and sexually assaulted, in Switzerland over much of the…