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The ICC concludes its preliminary examination in Crimea and Donbas: What’s next for the situation in Ukraine?

Last week was eventful for the ICC despite the disruption of its work caused by the current pandemic. While everyone tuned in to the live hearings with the…

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The ICC Prosecutor Releases Guidelines for Agreements Regarding Admission of Guilt

On 12 November 2020, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) released its Guidelines for Agreements Regarding Admission of Guilt (the Guidelines). The…

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The International Criminal Court Independent Expert Review: questions of trust and tenure

I have previously written on the Independent Expert Review (IER) of the International Criminal Court and its findings on questions of governance structure and culture. In this…

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The International Criminal Court Independent Expert Review: questions of accountability and culture

The Independent Expert Review of the International Criminal Court commissioned by the ICC Assembly of State Parties (ASP) reported on 30 September 2020.* (Final report…

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Hate Speech as Persecution: Tackling the Gordian Knot

Two recent incidents have reignited the question of whether hate speech can constitute the actus reus for persecution, giving rise to a successful charge of crimes against humanity…

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Is the International Criminal Court destined to pick fights with non-state parties?

There have been reports of a communication to the International Criminal Court alleging that the treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang by Chinese authorities constitute international crimes within…

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The ICC Appeals Chamber Signals a Possible Change in Approach to the Permissibility of Trials in Absentia

On 28 May 2020, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a decision in the Gbagbo and Blé Goudé case that has the potential…

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The Situation in Afghanistan, US Sanctions and the Historical Narratives Emerging from the ICC

On 11 June 2020, the US announced a series of economic and travel sanctions against any officials of the ICC involved in an investigation into whether US forces…

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The Monetary Gold Doctrine and the ICC: Can the ICC determine the Territorial Boundaries of Israel and Palestine?

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been engaged in a Preliminary Examination of the situation in Palestine since January 2015. By December 2019, the Prosecutor…

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A State is a State is a State? Some Thoughts on the Prosecutor’s Response to Amici Briefs on Territorial Jurisdiction – Part II

In Part Two of this blog, I turn to the second of the Prosecutor’s arguments in favour of the Court’s territorial jurisdiction with regard to the “Situation in…

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