Blog Posts: International Criminal Court

Guatemala breaks new ground in sex-slavery prosecution

A Guatemalan prosecution of mass rape, the sort of case usually pursued in the International Criminal Court, is believed to be the first of its kind in a national court.
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No Comments | Posted by Melodie Pellot-Hernandez on Mon. February 22, 2016 5:15 PM
Categories: Human trafficking, Insurgency, International Criminal Court, International Human Rights, Latin America, Refugees/Asylum

ICC launches first-ever prosecution of former child soldier

Dominic Ongwen was kidnapped at age ten and turned into a child soldier. His prosecution for war crimes is a first for the ICC.
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No Comments | Posted by Samantha L. Heggum on Tue. November 17, 2015 7:15 PM
Categories: Africa, Independence movements, International Criminal Court, International Human Rights, Law of War, Uganda

Why is the ICC hesitating in eastern Ukraine?

Whatever the practical difficulties, the Rome Statute compels the ICC to pursue a full investigation of apparent war crimes and crimes against humanity in rebel-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine.


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No Comments | Posted by Jennie L. Cunningham on Wed. November 4, 2015 12:00 PM
Categories: International Criminal Court, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts), Russia, Ukraine

ICC prosecution targets destruction of ancient religious sites

The ICC case, which follows the destruction of religious and cultural monuments in Mali, is in one sense the first of its kind.


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No Comments | Posted by Kathryn J. Hesman on Tue. October 13, 2015 2:01 PM
Categories: Africa, Insurgency, International Criminal Court, Iraq, Islamic State, Syria, Terrorism, UNESCO, United Nations

UN Report: Potential Charges Against the Islamic State

The International Criminal Court faces mounting pressure to prosecute members of the Islamic State for alleged acts of genocide against the Yezidi community, along with crimes against humanity and war crimes against the civilian population. But is the ICC the best forum for prosecution?


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Posted by Crystal S. Chung on Fri. April 17, 2015 6:27 PM
Categories: Genocide, Insurgency, International Criminal Court, Islamic State, U.N. Security Council

ICC Formally Drops Charges Against President Kenyatta: Leaves the Door Open for a Case in the Future

On March 13, 2015, after months of investigation, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that it was formally dropping its charges against Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta. Ultimately, ICC prosecutors did not have enough evidence to sufficiently prove Kenyatta’s guilt in court and were forced to drop their case for the foreseeable future.


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Posted by Mary A. Slagle (Ashton) on Mon. March 23, 2015 12:17 PM
Categories: Africa, International Criminal Court, Kenya

The Palestinian Authority Joins the ICC

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict has a new fighting ground. As of January 6, 2015, the Palestinian Authority is a State Party to the International Criminal Court (ICC). It is unlikely the ICC is where the Palestinian Authority hopes to resolve the conflict with Israel, and the decision to become a State Party is more aptly read as an act of “lawfare”—“the continu[ation] of [its] war on legal grounds, or in the language of international law."


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Posted by Breanne N. Hataway on Thu. March 5, 2015 3:34 PM
Categories: International Criminal Court, Israel, Palestine, United Nations

U.N. Report Finds Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea

On Tuesday February 18 the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, asked world powers to refer the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This comes not in response to their nuclear efforts, but to a recent U.N. report which documents crimes against humanity that have been, and still are, occurring in the isolated, impoverished country of North Korea.


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No Comments | Posted by Ian A. Biggs on Wed. April 16, 2014 1:00 PM
Categories: International Criminal Court, International Law, North Korea, United Nations

Attack on Kenya's Westgate Mall Sparks African Union's Battle with the International Criminal Court

Amidst growing unhappiness with the International Criminal Court, the African Union now demands the trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta be postponed following the Westgate Mall shooting in Nairobi, Kenya. 


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No Comments | Posted by Emily C. Doll on Thu. November 7, 2013 8:00 AM
Categories: Africa, African Union, International Criminal Court, International Human Rights, Kenya, Terrorism

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