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

Karadzic’s Genocidal Intent as the “Only Reasonable Inference”?

As a follow-up to Marko Milanovic’s excellent post, I have some further comments on the recent Karadzic judgment, especially on the Trial Chamber’s bifurcated approach to the two genocide charges (acquittal re the municipalities joint criminal enterprise [JCE] and conviction re the Srebrencia JCE, see paras. 2571 et seq. and 5655 et seq. respectively). Before turning…

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The new enemy of mankind: The Jurisdiction of the ICC over members of “Islamic State”

President Obama has called the recent Paris terror attacks an “attack on all of humanity”. In doing so, he has touched upon the core of so-called crimes against humanity. Due to their quantitative and qualitative dimensions and their utter disregard for fundamental values, such crimes are directed not only against individual persons, but against humanity as a…

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The Armenian “Genocide”?

Given the difficulty in proving the special intent to destroy, the charge of genocide is not one to be brought lightly. No-one can reasonably argue with the clear statements made by German President Joachim Gauck in his speech on Armenia held on 23 April 2015: “one hundred years ago, hundreds of thousands of members of the…

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