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International Criminal Law

First Worldwide Trial on State Crimes in Syria

A German court convicts a former agent of the Assad regime for crimes against humanity on the basis of the principle of universal jurisdiction

The Contribution of the ICC to the Characterization of Forced Marriage as an Autonomous Crime Against Humanity: the Conviction of Dominic Ongwen

International Criminal Court, Trial Chamber IX, 4 February 2021, The Prosecutor v. Dominic Ongwen

Women as Perpetrators of War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide Before the International Courts

While the idea of “female criminal” is in general far from traditional stereotypes, the possibility that a woman perpetrates international crimes is even inconceivable, as if by nature she couldn’t commit such aberrant offenses. As a matter of fact, the said stereotype puts such women in a condition between a sensationalistic and an invisible spot, without looking and analyzing reality. The paper illustrates cases where women were indicted and tried for genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes before international criminal courts, starting from WWII, trying to assess if, how and to what extent the defendant’s gender influenced the proceedings

Rogue States ‘Sanction’ the International Criminal Court

The United States and Israel are acting as rogue States by refusing to accept the authority of the ICC

Report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, 9 July 2020

Targeted Killings Through Armed Drones and the Case of Iranian General Quassem Soleimani

Trump's Executive Order against the International Criminal Court

Executive Order on Blocking Property Of Certain Persons Associated With The International Criminal Court (June, 11, 2020)

State-run Torture in Syria: the First Trial Worldwide on International Crimes by the Assad Regime Opens before German Courts

The first criminal trial worldwide on State-run torture in Syria started in Koblenz, Germany, on 23 April 2020. The defendants are two former high officials of the Syrian General Intelligence Service of President Bashar al-Assad and face charges for international crimes committed in the Al-Khatib prison of Damascus. The trial marks a historical achievement in international criminal justice; in fact, it is the first trial based on the principle of universal jurisdiction against Syrian State officials. Moreover, the Al-Kathib trial, together with other proceedings held in a few other European States, is currently the only way to ensure accountability for the grave crimes committed within the Syrian conflict