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Politics, Procedure, and Law: Three Continuing Challenges for the ICC in its Third Decade

Politics, Procedure, and Law: Three Continuing Challenges for the ICC in its Third Decade

By: Leila Nadya Sadat This piece was originally posted on The International Criminal Court Forum, a project run by the UCLA School of Law’s Human Rights Project, as part of a series celebrating the ICC’s 20th anniversary. It is re-posted here in honor of International...

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Fiddling While Rome Burns?  The Appeals Chamber’s Curious Decision in Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo

Fiddling While Rome Burns? The Appeals Chamber’s Curious Decision in Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo

By Leila Nadya Sadat (originally posted on EJIL: Talk!) On March 21, 2016, after a 4-1/2 year-long trial that heard the testimony of 77 witnesses, the introduction of 773 items of evidence, and gave rise to a transcript that was thousands of pages long, a unanimous...

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Upcoming Publication of Seeking Accountability for the Unlawful Use of Force

Upcoming Publication of Seeking Accountability for the Unlawful Use of Force

By: Fizza Batool The Harris Institute is proud to announce the forthcoming publication of Seeking Accountability for the Unlawful Use of Force, edited by Professor Leila Nadya Sadat (Cambridge University Press, May 2018).  The book evaluates historic and modern-day...

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“Mind the Gap”- ICC ASP Side Event on Progress in Drafting a Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Humanity

“Mind the Gap”- ICC ASP Side Event on Progress in Drafting a Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Humanity

By: Leila Nadya Sadat and Fizza Batool On December 11, 2017, the Harris Institute hosted a well-attended Side Event entitled “Progress in Drafting a Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Humanity” at the Sixteenth Session of the Assembly of...

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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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