Amnesties: Three Disparate Contexts, Similar Goals?

Amnesties: Three Disparate Contexts, Similar Goals?

Discussions relating to amnesties in the Central African Republic, Venezuela and Guatemala in the past week compelled me to look at these different contexts and to address questions relating to the feasibility and legality of amnesty laws.

Taking Statelessness Seriously: Linkages to Mass Atrocities?

My post on statelessness & the legal linkages to mass atrocities - an overlooked connection perhaps? Drawing from the Myanmar FFM report, a few preliminary thoughts and areas for future exploration...

Comment on “Internationalized Armed Conflicts in International Law”

As part of a book symposium for Opinio Juris, I comment on “Internationalized Armed Conflicts in International Law” by Kubo Mačák. The book is an insightful analysis of the tipping point at which non-international armed conflict (NIAC) may be ‘internationalized’ and considered an international armed conflict (IAC). I had a few thoughts, relating specifically to conflict in South Asia, and to the ‘humanization’ of international law.

Women in International Law: A Vanishing Act?

Women in International Law: A Vanishing Act?

A few thoughts on gender diversity in international law, sparked by the nominations for the UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT). I assess International courts, UN treaty bodies and mandate holders. The results are not pretty!

Human rights impact assessment in Myanmar: Facebook’s anodyne report

Facebook’s report on its activities in Myanmar is anodyne and does not address important questions raised by the UN FFM. I raise a few points after reading the report, which are worth exploring further.

Philippines withdrawal from the International Criminal Court: Legal challenge at the Supreme Court

Philippines withdrawal from the International Criminal Court: Legal challenge at the Supreme Court

The withdrawal of the Philippines from the International Criminal Court is being challenged before the Philippine Supreme Court. Attending the hearings have given me an insight into the way the case may proceed - here are my reflections on issues of international law and domestic law - and a prediction about the case.

Tangled skeins towards accountability: Myanmar and international justice

I examine the circumstances around the creation of an independent mechanism to consolidate evidence in Myanmar. The Human Rights Council has stepped up to its role and mandate - and with the confluence of other legal developments including at the ICC, there are reasons to feel hopeful about accountability.

A rejection of John Bolton’s assault on the ICC – and an opportunity to reflect 

This blog post relates to the blistering attack on the International Criminal Court (ICC) by John Bolton, including threats to sanction and prosecute its personnel. The court definitely is a work in progress, and is far from perfect, but is a vital institution in the fight against impunity. John Bolton's arguments must be addressed - and then rejected, using the opportunity to reflect on the court while doing so.