Carsten Stahn


Carsten Stahn is Professor of International Criminal Law and Global Justice at Leiden University and Programme Director of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies (The Hague). He has previously worked as Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (2000-2003) and as Legal Officer in Chambers of the International Criminal Court (2003-2007). He has been Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. He has published numerous essays and edited collections in the field. Recent works include The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court (OUP, 2015), Contested Justice (CUP, 2015) and Jus Post Bellum: Mapping the Normative Foundations (OUP, 2014). He is General Editor of the Leiden Journal of International Law and Correspondent of the Netherlands International Law Review.

Recently Published

Why the ICC Should Be Cautious to Use the Islamic State to Get Out of Africa: Part 2

Leadership accountability or symbolic responsibility? Using nationality jurisdiction to focus on the accountability of ‘foreign fighters’ is likely to entail a fundamental shift in prosecutorial policy. The OTP has traditionally defended a focus on leadership accountability, i.e. prosecution of ‘those who bear the greatest responsibility for the most serious crimes’. This concept was a cornerstone of prosecutorial strategy…

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Why the ICC Should Be Cautious to Use the Islamic State to Get Out of Africa: Part 1

It is tempting to say that the International Criminal Court (ICC) should open a preliminary examination into the violence of the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (‘Islamic State’, hereinafter IS). IS has branded itself as an enemy of the West. Its atrocities are attacks on the very foundation of human dignity and conceptions of civilization. They…

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Syria, Security Resolution 2118 (2013) and Peace versus Justice: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back?

On 27 September 2013, the Security Council adopted Resolution 2118 (2013). The resolution broke the diplomatic impasse over Syria in the Security Council. It was celebrated as a diplomatic success and as a ‘precedent-setting’ resolution. It marks fundamental progress, on at least two fronts: (i) It shifted…

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