Kai Ambos

About/Bio

Kai Ambos is a Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, Comparative Law, International Criminal Law, and Public International Law at the Faculty of Law of Georg-August-University Göttingen (GAU) (Germany). He also serves as Judge at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, The Hague. He is also the Director General of the Center for Studies of Latin American Criminal and Criminal Procedure Law (CEDPAL) at the University of Göttingen, Germany. He writes in his academic capacity.

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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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