International Criminal Law Roundup - Week 2

The International Criminal Law group at PluriCourts regularly provides updates on news, blog posts and issues related to international criminal tribunals. Here are the updates from week 2, 2017.


  • 12 January: Activists urge UN to cite Russia, Iran war crimes in Syria, Reuters
  • 10 January: Erwin Sperisen’s direct superior risks 160 years’ imprisonment, TRIAL
  • 10 January: Lack of justice over war crimes fuels spiralling violence in CAR; Amnesty, Reuters
  • 9 January: Chad dictator Hissène Habré appeals war crimes conviction, The Guardian
  • 9 January: Radovam Karadzic’s ex-adviser goes on trial, Balkan Insight
  • 6 January: Sri Lanka divided as panel backs foreign judges to probe war crimes, Reuters
  • 6 January: New task force to develop strategy to strengthen UN response to sexual exploitation and abuse, UN news
  • 6 January: Judges affirm that ICC can try Ntaganda over rape of UPC child soldiers, IJMonitor
  • 6 January: Germany sued for genocide against Herero and Nama people of Namibia, iLawyer and The Guardian


  • 12 January: Yvonne McDermott, ICC weighs the date of Dominic Ongwen, Mail & African Guardian
  • 12 Januart: Laura Nacyte, Confronting the use of child soldiers in Iraq, JiC
  • 11 January: Mark Kersten, The ‘Forgotten Genocide’ that was a precursor to the Holocaust, JiC
  • 8 January: Mahmood Mamdani, Can the African Union save South Sudan from genocide? NYT
  • 7 January: Mirka Fries, Justice for Syria- Should Bashar al-Assad be tried in a German court? IntLawGrrls
  • 6 January: Rosemary Grey, Gender-based persecution on the ICC’s radar, IntLawGrrls


Nobuo Hayashi and Cecilia Bailliet. The Legitimacy of International Criminal Tribunals, CUP:

  • Nobuo Hayashi, Cecelia M. Bailliet & Joanna Nicholson, Introduction
  • Larry May & Shannon Fyfe, The legitimacy of international criminal tribunals
  • Silje Aambø Langvatn & Theresa Squatrito, Conceptualising and measuring the legitimacy of international criminal tribunals
  • Sergey Vasiliev, Between international criminal justice and injustice: theorising legitimacy
  • Asad Kiyani, Legitimacy, legality, and the possibility of a pluralist international criminal law
  • Athanasios Chouliaras, The legitimacy and effectiveness of international criminal tribunals: a criminal policy perspective
  • Rogier Bartels, Legitimacy and ICC jurisdiction following Security Council referrals: conduct on the territory of non-Party States and the legality principle
  • Nobuo Hayashi, Is the Yugoslav Tribunal guilty of hyper-humanising international humanitarian law?
  • Jakob V H. Holtermann, 'One of the challenges that can plausibly be raised against them'? On the role of truth in debates about the legitimacy of international criminal tribunals
  • Timothy William Waters, Hidden legitimacy: crafting judicial narratives in the shadow of secrecy at a war crimes tribunal - a speculation
  • Ignaz Stegmiller, Positive complementarity and legitimacy - is the International Criminal Court shifting from judicial restraint towards intervention?
  • Dorothy Makaza, African supranational criminal jurisdiction: one step towards ending impunity or two steps backwards for international criminal justice?
  • Martin Wählisch, Legitimacy defects and legal flaws of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon: dilemmas of the 'peace through justice' theorem
  • Damien Rogers, Prosecutors' opening statements: the rhetoric of law, politics and silent war
  • Barbora Hola, Jessica Kelder & Joris van Wijk, Effectiveness of international criminal tribunals: empirical assessment of rehabilitation as sentencing goal
  • Stephen Smith Cody, Procedural justice, legitimacy, and victim participation in Uganda
  • Victor Peskin, Things fall apart: battles of legitimation and the politics of noncompliance and African sovereignty from the Rwanda tribunal to the ICC
  • Mistale Taylor, Financing lady justice: how the funding systems of ad hoc tribunals could lend themselves to the possibility of judicial bias
  • Kjersti Lohne, Claiming authority in the name of the other: human rights NGOs and the ICC

Carter et al, The ICC in an Effective Global Justice System, Edward Elgar

Czech Yearbook of Public and Private International Law:

Čestmír Čepelka, Problem with the Inclusion of Aggression into the Rome Statute of the ICC

  • Petr Válek, The Czech Contribution to the Work of the United Nations War Crimes Commission: the Auschwitz and Birkenau Case
  • Pavel Caban, Immunity of State Officials from Foreign Criminal Jurisdiction – Exceptions to Immunity ratione materiae
  • Jan Lhotský, The ICC Arrest Warrant for the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in Connection with his Visit to the Republic of South Africa

Ondřej Svaček, Applicable Law, Interpretation, Inherent and Implied Powers – Brief Rendezvous with the ICC

Published Jan. 13, 2017 9:39 AM - Last modified Apr. 16, 2018 8:01 AM