February 13, 2019

Prosecutors on the Front Line: A Q&A with Teresa McHenry, Head of the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section of the U.S. Department of Justice

Joseph Rikhof, a member of the editorial board, interviewed Teresa McHenry about the work done by her Section. When and why was your office created? The Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP) was created in 2010 as part of an increased focus on human rights related prosecutions by the Justice Department and by Congress. ...

February 8, 2019

Obligation de coopération et immunités dans l’affaire Al-Bashir : vers une infirmation par la Chambre d’appel ?

Par : Azé Kerté Amoulgam Introduction Le 29 mars 2018, la Chambre d’appel de la Cour pénale internationale (ci-après CPI ou Cour) a rendu une ordonnance selon la procédure d’amicus curiae prévue à la règle 103 du Règlement de procédure et de preuve1ICC, Appeals Chamber, The Prosecutor v. Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir: Order inviting expressions...

February 2, 2019

International crimes: spotlight on France’s war crimes unit

Par: Frank Petit, JusticeInfo Correspondent in Paris, December 17, 2018, (photo ©Ph O. GENZEL / OCLCH) published previously in Universal jurisdiction, which allows a country to prosecute any person for serious crimes committed anywhere in the world, is in the frontline of some prosecution strategies, notably with regard to crimes committed in Syria. In Paris, we...

January 30, 2019

L’auto-saisine de l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies en cas de blocage du Conseil de sécurité – Le précédent méconnu de la « résolution Acheson »

Par : Silviana Cocan Le Conseil de sécurité (le Conseil) s’est vu investi par l’article 24, paragraphe 1, de la Charte des Nations Unies (la Charte), de la responsabilité principale du maintien de la paix et de la sécurité internationales. Il est le garant du système de sécurité collective institué par la Conférence de San...

January 28, 2019

The Protection Nexus between Non-Penalisation and National Security Exception under the Refugee Convention

Par: Jenny Poon Introduction Mass influxes of refugees from neighbouring States to the State receiving refugees often create enormous pressure upon the resource capacity of the receiving State in handling them. However, refugees fleeing from ‘a well-founded fear of persecution’ may have no choice but to search for refuge in countries with proximity to the...

January 17, 2019

Developments in Statutory Sanctions Against Alleged Foreign Wrongdoers

Last month, in Portnov v. Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2018 FC 1248, Manson J of the Federal Court dismissed an application of a foreign national to review the Canadian government’s refusal to lift sanctions imposed on him under the Freezing Assets of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act, (FACFOA), specifically the Freezing Assets of Corrupt Foreign Officials...

December 21, 2018

Les Particularités et les Défis de la Cour Pénale Spéciale de Centrafrique

Par : Dieudonné Detchou En 2015, le législateur Centrafricain, en vue de mettre un terme au climat d’impunité qui règne dans ce pays depuis son indépendance, adopte la Loi organique no. 15-003 du 3 juin 2015 portant création, organisation et fonctionnement de la Cour pénale spéciale de Bangui dont le mandat est d’enquêter, instruire et juger les...

December 18, 2018

Preventing Impunity for the Costs of a Failed Utopia

By: James Hendry Two old men, senior officials in the Khmer Rouge Regime, were convicted of serious international crimes by a Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia on November 16, 2018.1Case File No, 002/19-09-2007/ECCC/TC. Nuon Chea was a founding member of the Cambodian Communist Party (CPK), later joined by Khieu...

December 14, 2018

ICC Moot Court Competition 2018: Reflections on Three Ground-Breaking Issues by University of Ottawa Advocates

By: Ashley Geerts, Mina Karabit, Christine Kucey Research skills. Teamwork skills. Written advocacy skills. Oral advocacy skills. These are essential for a moot competition where teams of law students face-off as adversaries in a mock trial or appeal. Judges score the parties on their factums and oral arguments. The rewards are tremendous for those who...