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Justice for Bashir: What’s Different Today?

Christine Chung is a Senior Fellow at the Schell Center for International Human Rights, Yale Law School where she teaches "The International Criminal Court: Prospects for Global Justice." Ms. Chung was the first senior trial attorney appointed at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and worked in The Hague from 2004 to 2007. If you're looking for the justification for the front-page media headlines about the ICC warrant naming Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, there are two, to my mind. First, the world's permanent international criminal court has charged a sitting head of State, and sister States aren't close to hand-wringing over immunity. (My academic colleagues are a different matter - read, for example, Marko and Dapo). Yesterday's decision might be the nail in the coffin of the era in which heads of State escaped being called to account for perpetrating atrocities. Second, the decision of Pre-Trial Chamber I to decline to include the charge of genocide requested by Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo (by a 2-1 vote) reinforced that…

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ICC Issues Arrest Warrant for Bashir, but Rejects the Genocide Charge

(Updated) Today the International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for Omar al Bashir, the serving President of Sudan, for crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur. (The decision is now available here). The news were expected after a leak a few weeks ago. What came as a pretty big surprise, however, is that the Pre-Trial Chamber rejected…

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