Patryk I. Labuda


Patryk is an Assistant Professor of (International) Criminal Law at the University of Amsterdam. He earned his PhD in international law from the Graduate Institute in Geneva.

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‘Open for Business’: The Special Criminal Court Launches Investigations in the Central African Republic

On 22 October 2018, the Special Criminal Court (SCC) held its inaugural session in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR). Several weeks later, the Special Prosecutor, Col. Toussaint Muntazini, announced his long-awaited prosecutorial strategy. Coming three years after Parliament initially requested a specialist ‘war crimes’ tribunal for CAR, these two acts mark a…

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The African Union’s Collective Withdrawal from the ICC: Does Bad Law make for Good Politics?

A number of news outlets reported last week that the African Union (AU) had adopted a strategy for collective withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) (see here, here and here). This follows withdrawals by three African states late last year, which in turn generated much debate at last November’s Assembly of States Parties and…

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Africa and the ICC: Shattered Taboos, and the Status Quo

The withdrawals of South Africa, Burundi and the Gambia from the International Criminal Court have generated much discussion in the past few weeks. After shock and despondency, commentary has shifted to new and creative ways of dealing with the ICC’s ‘Africa problem’. Some of these proposals are truly original, for instance Ambassador Scheffer’s suggestion that…

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