International Criminal Law

[Fatuma Abiya is a child born in captivity following the abduction of her mother by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Now a young adult, Fatuma is a Human Rights activist, a peace practitioner and law graduate who completed law school in 2023. She is a passionate advocate concerning issues impacting women, youth and children born of war.] Background I was born in captivity to...

[Lorraine Smith- van Lin is the Founder and Executive Director of Tallawah Justice for Women e.v, a non-profit association which works to connect, empower and amplify the voices of women leaders of survivor and grassroots organisations.] Introduction The reparations decision in the case of Dominic Ongwen, a former commander  of the Ugandan rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) on February 28,...

[Alejandra Vicente is the Head of Law at REDRESS and Renata Politi is a Legal Officer at REDRESS.] Introduction The recent reparation order issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the case of Dominic Ongwen, a former Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander convicted of 61 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes in northern Uganda, has brought victims and survivors...

[Pamela Angwech is the Executive Director of Gulu Women Economic Justice and Globalisation in Gulu, Northern Uganda. She has received numerous awards for her work on human rights and gender justice for victims of the affected communities including the 2017 European Union Human Rights Defender Award.] As a grassroots activist and human rights defender in Northern Uganda, who has worked for...

[Joseph A. Manoba is a Ugandan lawyer and Co-Counsel with Francisco Cox in the representation of victims in the case of the Prosecutor Versus Dominic Ongwen.] The Ongwen case is in many respects a significant milestone for justice and accountability for the victims of the atrocities in northern Uganda. Dominic Ongwen is the only one of  five commanders of the Lord’s...

This symposium is organised by Tallawah Justice for Women e.v, a non-profit association which works to connect, empower and amplify the voices of women leaders of survivor and grassroots organisations. Tallawah works in partnership with the University of Nottingham School of Law, Gulu Women Economic Development and Globalisation (GWED-G) and other Ugandan grassroots organisations to amplify the voices of Ugandan...

[Douglas Guilfoyle is Professor of International and Security Law at UNSW Canberra] Introduction  Israel’s strike on the World Central Kitchen (WCK) convoy on 1 April was almost certainly a war crime. Indeed, I struggle to see how any other conclusion is possible. This is true even accepting the ‘misidentification’ version of events the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has subsequently offered. At the outset...

[Gabriella Citroni is an Adjunct Professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Milano-Bicocca and Senior Legal Advisor at TRIAL International. Pamela Capizzi is Head of Pool of Legal Expertise at TRIAL International. Adrijana Hanušić Bećirović is a Senior Legal Advisor (for the Bosnia and Herzegovina Program) at TRIAL International.] Time Matters: Statutory Limitations and Crimes against Humanity Experience shows that, when...

[Alexandre Skander Galand is Assistant Professor of International Law at Maastricht University and Guest Professor at Hasselt University.Wim Muller is an Assistant Professor of Public International Law at Maastricht University.] In its first provisional order issued in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa...

[Philip D. Cave is a retired U.S. Navy judge advocate, a Director of the National Institute of Military Justice (NIMJ), and a partner in Cave & Freeburg, LLP. Franklin D. Rosenblatt is a retired U.S. Army judge advocate, President of the NIMJ, and Associate Professor at Mississippi College School of Law. Giovanni Chiarini is a Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, an...

[Mischa Gureghian Hall (X: @MischaGHall) is a Keck Research Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles, researching international criminal justice and its intersections with international humanitarian and human rights law in conflict and post-conflict settings.] The author is grateful to Dr. Jared McBride for his assistance in the translation of Ukrainian documents. In an August 2023 essay, Russian-American journalist and activist Masha...

[Kyle Shen is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Occidental College, and studies international organizations’ roles in transitional justice and regime change. The author is grateful to Jeffrey Zerda for comments that greatly improved this blogpost. All errors remain his own.] Within the last two years, two situations under investigation by the ICC have seen the outbreak of major conflicts with allegations...