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IJT – Analysis: A narrow path to legitimacy for the STL
Despite heated debate over the STL’s legitimacy, the court has never seemed as far removed from the Lebanese landscape as it is today. If the STL was meant to end a very long era of impunity, deter future crimes and foster the rule of law, the country is clearly not heading down that road.
IJT – Interview with ICC judge Bruno Cotte: “We are making progress”
“I am a man who likes to get things done,” says Bruno Cotte, presiding judge at the ICC. “ I would have preferred that this case be completed more quickly… which would have perhaps made it possible for me to hear a second case during my short mandate! But – don’t forget about the presumption of innocence.”
IJT – Dutch series, Part 1: Building up a polished image of peace and justice
The Hague presents itself as the International City of Peace and Justice. With the advent of the ICC - now ten years old - the city captured the jewel in its crown. But today The Hague’s rise to international prominence is begging questions from the Dutch: “How much is it costing us”? And “Who is going to pay for all this”?
International Justice Desk:
Fatou Bensouda: Changing of the guard at the ICC
When the new prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) was asked to take a seat by the journalists who came to question her, she looked down and proclaimed, “The hot seat!” But the world’s next top prosecutor—Gambian lawyer Fatou Bensouda—doesn’t shy away from controversy.
Lebanon Tribunal’s legality on the line
The UN Security Council abused its own powers when it set up the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in 2007. Therefore the STL was unlawfully established and is unable to provide a fair trial. These are the accusations being levelled at the court by defence lawyers for four Hezbollah suspects being tried in absentia for the 2005 bomb attack that killed former prime minister Rafiq Hariri and 23 others.
Syria: Today’s massacres, tomorrow’s war crimes?
UN monitors try again to reach the site of a new Syrian massacre after being shot at in their first attempt, as Kofi Annan urges united action to stop the crisis from spiralling out of control.
Pretty in Pink: Yvonne Basebya goes home—for now
The District Court in The Hague on Monday “paused” the pre-trial detention of Yvonne Basebya (65) until the start of her trial in October 2012. “Although she is accused of the most serious crimes in Dutch law,” said the court, her preventive imprisonment simply “has taken too long.”
Earlier IJT editions:
International Justice Tribune, 153 (6 June 2012)
International Justice Tribune, 152 (23 May 2012)
International Justice Tribune, 151 (9 May 2012)
International Justice Tribune, 150 (25 April 2012)
International Justice Tribune, 149 (11 April 2012)
International Justice Tribune, 148 (28 March 2012)
International Justice Tribune, 147 (14 March 2012)
International Justice Tribune, 146 (29 February 2012)
International Justice Tribune, 145 (15 February 2012)
International Justice Tribune, 144 (1 February 2012)
International Justice Tribune, 143 (20 January 2012)
International Justice Tribune, 142 (21 December 2011)
International Justice Tribune, 141 (8 December 2011)
International Justice Tribune, 140 (24 November 2011)
International Justice Tribune, 139 (9 November 2011)
IJT editorial staff:
Managing editor: Arjen van Dijkhuizen
Editorial coordinator: Franck Petit
Editor: Geraldine Coughlan
Editorial team: Richard Walker, Lauren Comiteau, Josephine Uwineza
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