April 17, 2019

The ECCC and International Criminal Law: Latest Developments

Par: Joseph Rikhof On November 16, 2018, the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), (see for an overview of its history, structure and operations here) issued its judgment in the case NUON Chea and KHIEU Samphan. At that time it issued only a summary of its reasons (discussed here)...

April 11, 2019

Karadžić receives life imprisonment

Par: Joseph Rikhof On March 20, 2019, the Appeals Chamber of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, the successor tribunal to both the International Criminal Tribunal (ICTY) for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda  (ICTR) issued its decision in the case of Radovan Karadžić (Karadžić). The Trial Chamber decision, from which Karadžić had appealed,...

March 28, 2019

International Crimes : Spotlight on Switzerland’s war crimes unit

Par: Julia Crawford, JusticeInfo.Net,  February 15, 2019, published previously in Switzerland’s war crimes unit was set up in 2012, following a change in the law the previous year that transferred responsibility for prosecuting international crimes from military to civil judicial authorities. But seven years on, it has not brought any cases to trial, despite receiving...

March 4, 2019

Building on shifting sands: evidentiary challenges in universal jurisdiction cases

By: Noémi Manco and Valérie Paulet Mass crimes, remote locations, protection of victims and witnesses, procedural obstacles, outreach. Those are just some of the challenges inherent to universal jurisdiction cases. From gathering evidence to tracking down suspects, each step of the process is long, complex, often frustrating and sometimes downright dangerous. The legal world’s answer...

March 1, 2019

Books: Question and Answer Session with Terje Einarsen and Joseph Rikhof About Their New Book Entitled “A Theory of Punishable Participation in Universal Crimes”

A Theory of Punishable Participation in Universal Crimes, Terje Einarsen and Joseph Rikhof, Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher, Brussels (2018) http://www.toaep.org/ps-pdf/37-einarsen-rikhof The Editorial Board of the Philippe Kirsch Institute Global Justice Journal asked the authors some questions about their new book: Question: before discussing the contents of the book, could we first ask you about when...

February 22, 2019

International crimes: Spotlight on Germany’s war crimes unit

Par: Benjamin Duerr, JusticeInfo Correspondent in the Hague, January 10, 2019, published previously in Between 2015 and 2017 Germany’s specialised unit to prosecute international crimes has received more than 4,000 tips of potential war crimes and crimes against humanity. Numerous cases are under investigation. Most of them concern crimes in Syria. In December, however, the...