This collection brings together all my written work on international justice, including accountability for atrocity crimes.
War crimes: Universal jurisdiction secures convictions for genocide against Yazidi people
A German court has handed down the second conviction of genocide for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's (ISIS) campaign to eradicate the Yazidi religious minority, seven months after the first genocide conviction.
Independent tribunal finds China has committed genocide against Uyghur Muslims
An independent people’s tribunal has found that China has committed genocide, torture and crimes against humanity against the Uyghur Muslims and other Turkic minorities. The Uyghur Tribunal in London delivered its judgment in early December after 18 months of analysing reports, documents, publicly heard witness testimony and other evidence.
Protecting Afghanistan’s refugees
The fall of Afghanistan to Taliban forces in mid-August led to a mass exodus from the country as many citizens sought to escape the new regime. Following the 70th anniversary of the Refugee Convention, Global Insight examines how threats to, and gaps within, the international refugee protection regime may undermine the assistance owed to those who have fled the Taliban.
Feature: Fighting transfemicide in the Americas
In Honduras and across Latin America, transgender women don’t tend to live past 35. Thanks to social stigma reinforced by a lack of rights and legal protections, they face extreme violence and limitations on the scope of their lives.
The murder of one trans woman – Vicky Hernández – over 12 years ago has shone a spotlight on the deadly nature of state-sanctioned discrimination. Now, the landmark ruling in her case could change the lives of transgender people across the Americas.
Athens court rules Greek political party was a criminal organisation in disguise
In early October, an Athens court found Greece’s former third-largest political force to be a criminal organisation. After a five-and-a-half-year trial, the former leader and members of parliament (MPs) of the Golden Dawn party were held accountable for violent attacks by members on the group’s perceived enemies, receiving sentences of up to 13 years’ imprisonment. The sentence for Ioannis Lagos, a Member of the European Parliament, requires his political immunity to be lifted.
Sanctions: UK launches post-Brexit regime amid concerns about trade ties
In July the British Government announced the first wave of targets of its new, post-Brexit sanctions regime. Forty-nine individuals and organisations have been targeted, meaning they are banned from entering the United Kingdom, channelling money through UK banks or ‘profiting from our economy’, as the government announcement stated.
Sexual violence in conflict: Trump administration’s stance on UN Resolution attracts widespread criticism
On 23 April 2019 the UN Security Council adopted a Resolution calling for the ‘complete cessation with immediate effect by all parties to armed conflict of all acts of sexual violence’...
Report calls for ICJ case over state failures to prevent Yazidi genocide
A report on state responsibility for the Yazidi genocide has claimed that Iraq, Syria and Turkey should be taken to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for failing to discharge their obligations under international law.
Column: Bearing witness - the Uyghur Tribunal hears claims of genocide
Over the past year, the Uyghur Tribunal in London has broken with tradition by hearing evidence of an alleged genocide while the atrocity is said to be ongoing. As the Tribunal prepares to hand down its judgment on whether China is committing genocide against ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, Global Insight reviews the proceedings.
LGBTI rights: transfemicide ruling has far-reaching implications across Latin America
In late June, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that the state of Honduras was responsible for the death of transwoman and activist Vicky Hernández, in the first transfemicide case to come before the Court.
International rule of law: historic firsts in ICC’s conviction of Dominic Ongwen
In early February, the International Criminal Court (ICC or the ‘Court’) convicted former child soldier and Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen of 61 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in northern Uganda between July 2002 and December 2005.
Feature: Policing the world in the 21st century
Who do you call when you can’t call the police? That question is being asked by Black Lives Matter advocates calling for police abolition, and by domestic violence victims who aren’t believed by law enforcement. But it should be a question asked by the international legal community when it comes to the policing and prosecution of crimes on a global level, including in business, in war and regarding abuses of human rights.
Genocide: China’s reported persecution of Uighurs exposes states’ legal obligations under international conventions
Over the past three years, witness testimonies, investigations, leaked footage, papers and data have painted a picture of systematic state persecution of the Uighur population in China’s Xinjiang region...