David Bosco

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David Bosco is associate professor at Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies. He is author of Five to Rule Them All: The UN Security Council and the Making of the Modern World and Rough Justice: The International Criminal Court in a World of Power Politics.

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International Law

ICTY Prosecutor Warns Region is Slipping Backward

The Balkans are often held up as an example of how international criminal justice can work. After a frustrating start, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) issued a raft of indictments for senior Serb, Croat, and Bosnian military and political figures. And while many eluded arrest for years, the tribunal has now gotten its hands on almost all of those it sought; Bosnian Serb political chief Radovan Karadzic was just found guilty and his military counterpart (Ratko Mladic) will likely meet the same fate this fall.

South China Sea

Europeans in the South China Sea

At Foreign Policy, Keith Johnson and Dan De Luce report on a new European pushback against China's South China Sea policies:

France has thrown its hat into the acrimonious South China Sea debate, calling for more European naval patrols in a contested waterway that is at the center of a growing dispute between China and the United States and its Asian allies.

International Law

Assessing Complementarity in Palestine

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has just released a detailed argument that International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda should seek a full investigation of the situation in Palestine. The prosecutor began a preliminary examination of the situation in January 2015, and HRW is clearly concerned that Palestine may be headed into that category of long-running and inconclusive preliminary examinations that includes Afghanistan, Colombia, and (until recently) Georgia.


Israel talks to the ICC prosecutor

Reuters is reporting that Israeli officials are speaking with the prosector of the International Criminal Court (ICC) regarding its preliminary examination in Palestine. Israel is not an ICC member and has argued that Palestine has no standing to join the court or grant it jurisdiction. But Israeli officials have decided—correctly, in my view—that communication with the prosecutor is the best strategy for now: