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“Butcher of Bosnia” Found Guilty of Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and Violations of the Laws or Customs of War

Amanda Hukanović - 23rd November 2017

As forecast earlier this week, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia delivered the long-awaited guilty verdict to the infamous “Butcher of Bosnia”, Ratko Mladić. As the dust of yesterday’s judgment begins to settle, a comprehensive analysis of the Court’s findings is an essential component of beginning to understand its implications on the lives […]

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Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and Violations of the Laws of War: Will the final “Butcher of Bosnia” judgment bring justice to victims?

Amanda Hukanović - 20th November 2017

The dissolution of Yugoslavia, fuelling genocide and mass-scale atrocities in the region, set the stage for a tumultuous future of the apprehension of perpetrators and a quest for justice for victims. The establishment of an ad hoc international court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, following UN Security Council Resolution 827, aimed to assist […]

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Lest We Forget About Iraqi Christians

Lord David Alton and Ewelina Ochab - 6th November 2017

Following UN Security Council Resolution 2379 establishing the Investigative Team in Iraq,  the painful and arduous task of assembling evidence to bring Daesh fighters responsible for genocide against religious minorities in Iraq to justice will finally soon begin. However, the pursuit of justice also requires the survivors to be given practical help in rebuilding their […]

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Selling Arms to Saudi Arabia: Part 2

Rosalind Comyn - 3rd October 2017

Yesterday, I discussed the High Court’s decision in Campaign Against the Arms Trade’s unsuccessful judicial review of the Secretary of State for International Trade’s granting of arms export licences to Saudi Arabia. The primary question before the Court was whether the Secretary of State for Trade had acted irrationally in concluding that there was no […]

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Selling Arms to Saudi Arabia: Part 1

Rosalind Comyn - 2nd October 2017

Yemen’s devastating conflict has inflicted an egregious toll on civilians, catalysing, in the words of the UN Secretary General, a tragedy of ‘almost unprecedented proportions’. Last month the ICRC took the unusual step of identifying an ‘alarming trend’ of attacks against civilians and sharply criticised a Saudi led coalition strike as running ‘counter to the […]

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The United Kingdom’s Drone Programme: Secrecy and Accountability

Rosalind Comyn - 20th September 2017

In what circumstances can the UK Government target and kill a British citizen abroad? Can the Government withhold its legal basis for doing so by invoking a blanket claim to secrecy with reference to the involvement of the security services? Has the UK been inching towards the US position on the use of force, while […]

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Preserving Evidence of ISIL Atrocities: The International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism

Ewelina Ochab and Yousuf Syed Khan - 18th August 2017

On 21 December 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 71/248, establishing an ‘International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Those Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011’. The International, Impartial, and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) was tasked, in […]

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Could the UK Lead the Efforts to Prevent and Prosecute Acts of Genocide?

Ewelina U. Ochab - 3rd August 2017

In early July, leading researchers and scholars in the field of genocide met at the University of Queensland to ‘examine the growing crisis and revisit the two core components of the Convention: justice for acts of genocide, and prevention of future genocides.’ Almost seven decades later, the two core promises of the UN Convention on […]

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Human Rights and Counterterrorism

Liora Lazarus - 19th June 2017

Last week Theresa May argued that human rights laws that impede effective counter-terrorism should be changed. Keir Starmer disagrees, arguing that human rights and effective counterterrorism are complementary. Who is right? Two preliminary points must be made. There is a lot of confusion in this debate between the existence of legal constraints, and the idea […]

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After Liberation From Daesh – Realising the Right to Return?

Ewelina U. Ochab - 12th June 2017

As the world focuses on the debates surrounding US President Trump’s foreign policy, especially the recently introduced travel ban, little attention has been paid to what it means in practical terms for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) who are forced to return home. Can, for example, Iraqi refugees and IDPs safely return to their […]

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After Recognition of Genocide – How to Proceed?

Ewelina U. Ochab - 20th April 2017

On 20 April 2016, the House of Commons unanimously passed a motion recognising the atrocities committed against Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities by Daesh to be genocide. In addition to recognising the genocide, the motion also called upon the Government to take steps to ‘make an immediate referral to the UN Security […]

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