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Charles Taylor Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison

Charles Taylor Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison

Charles Taylor was sentenced to fifty years in prison today by the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague. The former Liberian President was found guilty on eleven counts last month including acts of terrorism, murder, rape, sexual slavery, outrages upon personal dignity, cruel treatment, other inhumane acts, conscripting or enlisting of child soldiers, […]

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Mali War Crimes to be Examined by the International Criminal Court

Mali War Crimes to be Examined by the International Criminal Court

  The Office of The Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court issued a statement today announcing that it is following developments in Mali after reports of possible crimes against humanity: Mali ratified the Rome Statute on 16 August 2000. Therefore, in accordance with Rome Statute provisions, the International Criminal Court has jurisdiction over possible war […]

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Genocide Fugitives Still at Large 18 Years Later

Genocide Fugitives Still at Large 18 Years Later

  As the world commemorates the Rwandan Genocide fugitives continue to evade justice. April marks the 18th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide in which 800,000 Rwandans, mostly ethnic Tutsis, were massacred.  Eighteen years later and nearly 1,000 fugitives are still at large around the world.  At an event in Nairobi, Kenya over the weekend commemorating […]

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First ICC Verdict: Lubanga Guilty of Conscripting Child Soldiers

First ICC Verdict:  Lubanga Guilty of Conscripting Child Soldiers

ICC Press Release Today, 14 March 2012, Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided unanimously that Thomas Lubanga Dyilo is guilty, as a co-perpetrator, of the war crimes of conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15 and using them to participate actively in hostilities from 1 September 2002 to 13 […]

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War Crimes 2011 Year In Review – Africa

War Crimes 2011 Year In Review – Africa

  Person of the Year – Fatou Bensouda The face of international war crimes prosecution is now an African woman.  Fatou Bensouda was chosen to succeed Luis Moreno-Ocampo as the International Criminal Court’s Chief Prosecutor in December.  Bensouda has formerly served as Solicitor-General in Gambia, and as an adviser and trial attorney at the International […]

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War Crimes 2011 Year In Review – Asia

War Crimes 2011 Year In Review – Asia

This is the second in a 3-part year in review series on war crimes around the world in 2011. E.C.C.C. – The Big Four Stand Trial In what has been called the most important trial since Nuremberg, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia commenced the trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea, Ieng […]

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War Crimes 2011 Year In Review – Europe & The Americas

War Crimes 2011 Year In Review – Europe & The Americas

This is the first in a 3-part year in review series on war crimes around the world in 2011.   Ratko Mladic – Europe’s Most Wanted War Criminal In early April Bosiljka Mladic, Ratko Mladic’s wife told the media that her husband was dead. Less than two months later he was arrested in Lazarevo in […]

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War Crimes Expansion Led By San Marino

War Crimes Expansion Led By San Marino

  San Marino became the first nation to ratify an amendment proposed at the 2010 Kampala Review Conference of the Rome Statute, which governs the International Criminal Court. San Marino deposited its ratification of the amendment to Article 8 at U.N. Headquarters today becoming the first nation to ratify the amendment classifying the use of […]

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Celebrate International Criminal Justice Day

Celebrate International Criminal Justice Day

Today is the world’s first International Criminal Justice Day. It marks the thirteenth year since the passage of the Rome Statute in 1998 that created the International Criminal Court. Today the I.C.C. has 116 state-party members. There are currently six active investigations into situations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Sudan, the Central […]

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Libya Warrants: A Milestone In International Justice

Libya Warrants:  A Milestone In International Justice

From Amanda Bowen at Citizens for Global Solutions (WASHINGTON, D.C., June 28, 2011) In issuing an arrest warrant for Muammar Gaddafi, the International Criminal Court has demonstrated yet again that tyrants and human rights abusers around the world—even if they are heads of state–will not enjoy immunity from international law, and will be held responsible […]

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Mladic Caught: The Next Top Two Fugitive War Criminals

Mladic Caught: The Next Top Two Fugitive War Criminals

Ratko Mladic was arrested today in Lazarevo, Serbia ending a sixteen year long manhunt (as predicted in our Year In Review article).  He was the Serbian military commander responsible for the Srebrenica massacre in which over 7,000 Muslims were murdered, and has been labeled Europe’s most wanted war criminal. The two most notorious fugitive war […]

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Bin Laden's Killing In Pakistan: The Fourth Geneva Convention And Protocol II

Bin Laden's Killing In Pakistan:  The Fourth Geneva Convention And Protocol II

Last week the U.S. ‘took out’ Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. As an American, I cannot help but have a visceral reaction of delight. Such a major blow will surely expedite the end of ‘the war on terror’. Whatever your opinion is of that endeavor, we can all be relieved by its conclusion. If […]

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I.C.C. Precedent and Involvement in the Arab Spring

I.C.C. Precedent and Involvement in the Arab Spring

Governments have attacked and killed civilian protesters across the Middle East. These attacks have resulted in action by the International Criminal Court and international military forces against Libya but inaction against similar atrocities in other Middle Eastern states. This discrepancy in response by the I.C.C., international community, and the U.S., have drawn cries of hypocrisy. […]

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War Crimes Update 4/5/11

War Crimes Update 4/5/11

On friday Richard Goldstone walked back his important and controversial 2009 Goldstone Report on potential war crimes resulting from the Israeli incursion into Gaza earlier that year in a Washington Post Op-Ed. He held that while Palestinian crimes were ‘of course’ intentional, he did not want to second guess difficult decisions made by Israeli commanders […]

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Duch Appeals Hearing Begins Before ECCC

(From The Phnom Penh Post) By James O’Toole and Cheang Sokha Appeals in the case of former S-21 prison chief Kaing Guek Eav began at the Khmer Rouge tribunal yesterday with a contentious debate on the court’s jurisdiction and its right to try the accused, better known as Duch. Prosecutors, the defence and civil party […]

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About the Author

Brandon Henander
Brandon Henander

Brandon lives in Chicago and works as a Project Coordinator for Illinois Legal Aid Online. He has a LL.M. in International Law and International Relations from Flinders University in Adelaide. Brandon has worked as a lobbyist for Amnesty International Australia and as an intern for U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science, Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Iowa. His interests include American and Asian politics, human rights, war crimes and the International Criminal Court.

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