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Tag Archives: International Criminal Court (ICC)

Throwback Thursday: Rewards and Bounties

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Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 9:17 PM

On January 5, Dominic Ongwen, senior commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army, was captured by Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR). Subsequently, the rebels transferred Ongwen to the US military, who has maintained a small force in the region since 2011 to assist in the hunt for the LRA’s commanders. The question was what . . .
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The ICC Opening of a Palestine Preliminary Examination: A Non-Event

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Friday, January 16, 2015 at 11:42 AM

Today’s announcement by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court that she is opening a “preliminary examination” into alleged crimes on Palestinian territory since June 13, 2014 is really a non-event and should not be seen in any way as an indication of what the ICC may or may not do in the future.  It . . .
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What to Do About Ongwen?

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The Washington Post has a fascinating article today about the legal issues arising from the surrender of one of the the notorious brutal leaders of the Lords Resistance Army, Dominic Ongwen.  Apparently he surrendered to Muslim rebels in the Central African Republic who, in turn, transferred custody of Ongwen to American forces on January 5.  . . .
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Palestine and the ICC: An (Imagined) View from Inside the Court

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Monday, January 5, 2015 at 10:00 AM

There has been considerable speculation about how the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) at the International Criminal Court (ICC) might react to the State of Palestine’s move to join the ICC. Some have suggested that the OTP will jump at the chance to do a case outside of Africa. Others believe that the Prosecutor will . . .
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The Palestinian Authority’s Lose-Lose-Lose Move on ICC

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Monday, January 5, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Just before the end of the year, the Palestinian Authority took steps to become party to the Rome Statute and thereby join the International Criminal Court (ICC). This is a lose-lose-lose move: it is bad for Israel, bad for the Palestinian Authority, and bad for the ICC. Perhaps because the Palestinian Authority believes that Israel . . .
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U.N. Security Council Referral of Syria to the International Criminal Court?

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 2:45 PM

The New York Times reports that France has drafted a U.N. Security Council resolution referring the “situation” in Syria to the International Criminal Court that has been tailored “specifically to address American sensitivities” about the ICC. The Bush and Obama Administrations negotiated similar compromises when they agreed to Security Council referrals of human rights violations . . .
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Louise Arbour on ICC and R2P

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Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Louise Arbour, president of the International Crisis Group, delivered a very powerful critique last week of existing doctrines and frameworks for promoting international justice, humanitarian protection, and rule of law. Her tough assessment of the International Criminal Court and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine are especially noteworthy because Arbour, a former Canadian Supreme Court . . .
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Charles Taylor Goes to Jail in Britain: The Backstory

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia who was convicted of war crimes in 2012 by the Special Court for Sierra Leone, arrived in Britain yesterday to begin a 50-year prison term in a British jail.  In June 2006, after Taylor was expelled from Nigeria under U.S. pressure and turned over to the SCSL, Tony . . .
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A Response to Steve Vladeck and Kevin Jon Heller

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Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 8:40 AM

In recent posts both on Lawfare and at Opinio Juris, Steve and Kevin Jon Heller (here and here) sharply critiqued the brief that Jim Schoettler and I filed on Thursday for Former Government Officials, Former Military Lawyers and Scholars of National Security Law asking the en banc D.C. Circuit to uphold the military commission conviction . . .
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Belated Report: $5 Million Reward for Joseph Kony’s Transfer to the International Criminal Court

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Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Better late than never.   I have been meaning to report for some time Secretary Kerry’s announcement earlier this month — via an op-ed in the Huffington Post – that the State Department is now offering a $5 million reward  for information that leads to the arrest, transfer, and conviction of the top three leaders of the . . .
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Self-Defeating Humanitarian Efforts in Africa

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Monday, January 14, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Current events in Africa illustrate the unintended and sometimes-self-defeating effects of humanitarian efforts on that continent. First, France’s military action against Islamist insurgents in Mali raises the question why Islamists are on the rise in Mali and elsewhere in North Africa.  There are many causes, but the proximate one is the 2011 NATO invasion of . . .
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National Security-Related Panels at this Weekend’s AALS Conference

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:50 PM

It’s that time of year…time for my annual round-up of national security-related offerings at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools, which occurs in New Orleans this coming weekend.  The offerings are a bit thinner in number this year than in the recent past, yet there are still many gems.  If you . . .
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The ICC at Ten: Time to Re-Examine the American Servicemembers Protection Act

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Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 8:53 PM

July1 marks the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the Rome Statute, the treaty that created the International Criminal Court.  I have an op-ed in the print edition of Friday’s Washington Post arguing that Congress should review the restrictions in the American Servicemembers Protection Act, which it passed in July 2002, that limit the . . .
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Charles Taylor Convicted of Eleven Counts of War Crimes

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Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 10:41 AM

The Special Court for Sierra Leone has convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor of eleven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.  He is the first former head of state to be tried and convicted by an international tribunal.  The summary of the judgment is here and a short fact sheet is here.  [Correction:  The . . .
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The Coming Wave of War Crime Prosecutions in Libya

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Monday, October 24, 2011 at 10:58 AM

An interesting story in the Post this weekend draws attention to the fact that about 7,000 detainees currently are held without criminal charge in various locations throughout Libya, and with varying degrees of accountability to the transitional government authorities.  The story quite properly focuses on the conditions of their confinement, noting the allegations of torture . . .
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Where the ACLU/CCR Arguments Eventually Lead

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Ok, this exchange is funny–in a macabre, morbid sort of way. It’s also deadly serious. Foreign Policy magazine has published 14 suggestions for President Obama by 14 prominent people concerning how the President can get his mojo back. One of those people is Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth. His proposal reads in its . . .
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