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Sixth Committee Considers ILC Draft Articles on Crimes Against Humanity Convention on First Reading

Sixth Committee Considers ILC Draft Articles on Crimes Against Humanity Convention on First Reading

By: Fizza Batool A new global convention on preventing and punishing crimes against humanity is gaining increasing momentum in the international community. A few weeks ago, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) concluded its 72nd session during which the Legal...

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A New U.N. Approach Regarding the Accountability for International Crimes in Syria (ILW-NY)

A New U.N. Approach Regarding the Accountability for International Crimes in Syria (ILW-NY)

By: Marianne Guéry I had the incredible opportunity to attend the 2017 International Law Weekend organized in New York by the American Branch of the International Law Association and the International Law Students Association. In light of the theme “International Law...

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The 11th International Humanitarian Law Dialogs “Changing Times: New Opportunities For International Justice and Accountability”

The 11th International Humanitarian Law Dialogs “Changing Times: New Opportunities For International Justice and Accountability”

By: Olivia Youn and Emily Brewster We had the honor of attending the 11th International Humanitarian Law Dialogs in Chautauqua, New York last month. Since the first IHL Dialogs in 2007, these discussions have fostered meaningful conversations on contemporary...

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Female Voices at IHL Dialogs in Chautauqua, NY: Katherine B. Fite Would Have Been Proud

Female Voices at IHL Dialogs in Chautauqua, NY: Katherine B. Fite Would Have Been Proud

By: Milena Sterio In my capacity as an academic and representative of Intlawgrrls, I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the 11th International Humanitarian Law Dialogs in Chautauqua, New York from August 27th-29th.  The Dialogs’ theme for this year was...

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International Justice Day and Recent Developments

International Justice Day and Recent Developments

By: Kristin Smith The ICC turned 15 years old on July 17, 2017 (a date which celebrates the July 17, 1998 adoption of the Rome Statute). The day has come to be known as “International Justice Day” or the “Day of International Criminal Justice,” and aims to raise...

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Scott Turow’s “Testimony” and the Importance of the ICC

Scott Turow’s “Testimony” and the Importance of the ICC

By: Emily Brewster On Tuesday, May 23, Maryville University hosted legal thriller writer Scott Turow (author of One L and Presumed Innocent among others) for its speaker series to discuss his new novel, Testimony.  As part of the discussion, Harris Institute Director...

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Global Trumpism, Week 16: Brexit and Trump as Consequences of the New National Protectionism

Global Trumpism, Week 16: Brexit and Trump as Consequences of the New National Protectionism

By: Mattia Cutolo The following analysis sets its framework on a particular date: Wednesday March 29th, when Theresa May “Brexit!” dixit (latin: “When Theresa May said: “Brexit!”). That is when the UK Ambassador to the EU, Tim Barrow, delivered a letter signed by...

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The Legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

The Legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

By: Suhao Chen On May 25, 1993, in the midst of violent conflict in the Balkans, the UN Security Council decided (through Resolution 827) to establish the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to prosecute persons responsible for serious violations...

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Global Trumpism, Week Ten: The Syrian Conflict goes from Bad to Worse

By: Leila Sadat Although one can fault the Obama administration for its tepid policy towards Syria, Trump’s airstrikes against a Syrian military base on Thursday, April 6th take the U.S. policy towards Syria in a dangerous new direction. Although it’s tempting to...

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Lemberg – Lvov – Lviv: How a City Helped Shape Modern International Criminal Law

Lemberg – Lvov – Lviv: How a City Helped Shape Modern International Criminal Law

By: Megan Reif On Thursday, March 30th, Washington University School of Law and the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute welcomed Philippe Sands to campus as part of the Assembly Series and Public Interest Law and Policy Speaker Series. Prof. Sands gave a special...

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70 Years Later: the Tenth International Humanitarian Law Dialogs in Nuremberg

70 Years Later: the Tenth International Humanitarian Law Dialogs in Nuremberg

“Let us leave here renewed in our devotion to justice – not just for the people of our own countries, but for the people of all countries.  Let us leave here refreshed in our determination to defend human rights, to protect human liberty, and to uphold human dignity...

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