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

Ukrainian Prosecution of ICC Statute Crimes: Fair, Independent and Impartial?

In view of the widespread euphoria about Ukraine’s admirable defensive struggle against the Russian war of aggression, it is easy to forget that until a few months ago Ukraine was still considered a problematic case in terms of the rule of law. Not only was the fight against corruption promised by President Zelenskyy considered insufficient, but classic deficits…

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Will a state supplying weapons to Ukraine become a party to the conflict and thus be exposed to countermeasures?

According to the time-honoured law of neutrality, the territory of neutral powers is “inviolable” (Art. 1 Hague “Convention (V) respecting the Rights and Duties of Neutral Powers and Persons in Case of War on Land, October 18, 1907). Parties to a conflict may therefore not use it in any conflict-related manner, e.g. to transport war material (…

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The return of “positive complementarity”

The (new) Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim A. A. Khan Q.C., on 28 October announced the closure of the preliminary examination of the Situation in Colombia after well-nigh two decades (exactly 17 years without opening a formal investigation, let alone filing charges). However, the announcement comes with an unprecedented quid pro quo…

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