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Call for Papers: Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs

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The Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs (JLIA) is pleased to announce a call for papers for an issue exploring the evolution and future of the field of international criminal justice on the tenth anniversary of the International Criminal Court.  Papers should analyze topics at the intersection of law and international affairs, including the future of international criminal justice, the role of international criminal justice in international relations, the structural challenges facing the International Criminal Court and its ability to fulfill its mission in the coming decades, as well as other related topics.

Kindly send submissions by January 28, 2013 in accordance with the journal’s Guidelines for Submissions (available at  Authors will be notified by February 28, 2013 and publication is anticipated for Summer 2013. Leer el resto de esta entrada »


Simone Gbagbo & the International Criminal Court: The unsettling spectre of the female war criminal

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The International Criminal Court has unsealed a warrant for the arrest of Simone Gbagbo, whose husband, Laurent Gbagbo, President of Côte d’Ivoire from 2000 to 2011, has been in ICC custody since last November.

The warrant, unsealed Thursday, described Simone Gbagbo as the suspected indirect co-perpetrator of crimes against humanity – namely, murder, rape and other sexual violence, inhumane acts, and persecution – allegedly committed in Côte d’Ivoire from 16 December 2010 to 12 April 2011. Consistent with the most basic of fair trial rights, Gbagbo’s innocence must be presumed unless she is convicted following a fair and impartial trial; however, the issuance of the warrant is noteworthy for several reasons. Leer el resto de esta entrada »

Charles Taylor, condenado a 50 años por instigar crímenes en Sierra Leona

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30 Mayo 2012 – Se trata del primer expresidente condenado a una pena de cárcel impuesta por un tribunal internacional. La sentencia consideró que los crímenes, entre los que se encuentran asesinatos, mutilaciones y violaciones en público de mujeres, destacaban por su “brutalidad”.

El Tribunal Especial para Sierra Leona (TESL) condenó este miércoles a 50 años de cárcel al expresidente de Liberia Charles Taylor por instigar, a cambio de diamantes, crímenes “atroces” cometidos durante la guerra civil que asoló a su vecino país africano entre 1991 y 2002.

“La sala le condena por unanimidad a 50 años de prisión”, sentenció el juez que presidió el caso, Richard Lussick, quien recordó que Taylor “ha sido considerado responsable de fomentar algunos de los crímenes más atroces de la historia de la humanidad”. Leer el resto de esta entrada »

Gender Justice and the Charles Taylor Judgement

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At 11 a.m. on Apr. 26, the long-awaited trial judgment in the case of Charles Taylor, former president of Liberia, was announced at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Taylor faced an 11-count indictment with charges covering a wide variety of atrocities: murder, rape, sexual slavery, enslavement, and other inhumane acts as crimes against humanity, and the war crimes of committing acts of terror, murder, outrages upon personal dignity, cruel treatment, pillage, and conscripting or using child soldiers. Taylor was convicted on all counts in a unanimous judgment.

The Taylor judgment made headlines all over the world. Taylor was the first former head of state to be convicted by an international criminal tribunal since the post-Second World War Nuremberg trials. As well, he was convicted for crimes committed in Sierra Leone from 1996-2002, despite not having set foot in the country during that time. Leer el resto de esta entrada »

Sierra Leone: Landmark Conviction of Liberian Ex-President

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(The Hague) – The conviction on April 26, 2012, of Charles Taylos, the former president of Liberia, for serious international crimes during Sierra Leone’s brutal armed conflict provides justice for victims and shows that no one is above the law, Human Rights Watch said today. Taylor was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity before the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone on charges that stemmed from his support for rebel groups there.

“Powerful leaders like Charles Taylor have for too long lived comfortably above the law,” said Elise Keppler, senior international justice counsel at Human Rights Watch. “Taylor’s conviction sends a message to those in power that they can be held to account for grave crimes.”

Taylor is the only former head of state since Nuremberg to be convicted for war crimes or crimes against humanity by an international or hybrid international-national tribunal. Slobodan Milosevic, president of the former Yugoslavia, was tried by an international tribunal, but he died before a judgment was issued. Karl Doenitz, who was a German naval commander and president of Germany for approximately one week at the end of World War II, was convicted by the International Military Tribunal of Nuremberg. Leer el resto de esta entrada »

No todo el Estatuto de Roma hace parte del bloque de constitucionalidad

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La aplicación del Estatuto de Roma como parámetro de control de constitucionalidad no es absoluta, reiteró la Corte Constitucional. El alto tribunal explicó que el instrumento internacional se circunscribe a los crímenes de competencia de la Corte Penal Internacional.El preámbulo del Estatuto y los artículos referidos a los crímenes de genocidio, lesa humanidad y de guerra; la relativización del principio de cosa juzgada y los relacionados con los derechos de las víctimas han sido tenidos en cuenta como parámetros para ejercer dicho control.Aunque en varias ocasiones se ha acudido a otros apartes del Estatuto, ha sido para “reforzar una determinada construcción argumentativa”, pues no todo su texto hace parte del bloque de constitucionalidad, explicó la Corte. Leer el resto de esta entrada »

ICC Prosecutor goes to Libya on Gaddafi son case

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War crimes prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo arrived in Tripoli on Wednesday (18 April) as part of an investigation into charges against Muammar Gaddafi’s detained son, Saif al-Islam, sought for trial by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The Hague-based court issued an arrest warrant for Saif al-Islam last year, after prosecutors accused him and others of involvement in the killing of protesters during the revolt that eventually toppled his father.
Libya says he will be tried in his home country but it has been unable to prize him out of the hands of the militia fighters who caught him in the southern desert in November. Leer el resto de esta entrada »