Kai Ambos

About/Bio

Professor Kai Ambos is chair for criminal law, criminal procedure, comparative law, international criminal and international law at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany; Director of the Study Center for Latin American Criminal and Criminal Procedural Law (CEDPAL) at the same University; Judge at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, The Hague and Advisor (amicus curiae) of the Colombian Special Jurisdiction for Peace, Bogotá. The views expressed in this article do not reflect those of these institutions.

Recently Published

“Solid jurisdictional basis”? The ICC’s fragile jurisdiction for crimes allegedly committed in Palestine

On 5 February 2021, Pre-Trial Chamber I issued its long-awaited decision regarding the ICC’s jurisdiction for possible war crimes committed in the occupied Palestinian territories (Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem) since 13 June 2014 (for an academic analysis, see the symposium here). The decision was requested by the Office…

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Humanitarian Victory for Assange

On 4 January 2021, the British judge Vanessa Baraitser of the Westminster Magistrates Court in London rejected the request to extradite Julian Assange to the United States in a solid 132-page judgment. This does not mean that the WikiLeaks founder has regained his freedom, however: his bail application was likewise rejected two days later on the…

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The ICJ and nuclear disarmament: towards a universal obligation?

Today is the anniversary of the ICJ’s Nuclear Weapons Advisory Opinion. We would like to revisit, and invite readers to reflect on, one particular conclusion (not discussed in previous posts on the Marshall Islands cases here, here, here), contained in operative paragraph 2 F (§ 105) of the Opinion: “(t)here exists an obligation to…

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