Norm Robustness and the Responsibility to Protect

Journal of Global Security Studies, Volume 4, Issue 1, 1 January 2019, Pages 53–72  Abstract This article begins by critically assessing some of the current measures used to evaluate the status and impact of the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP). It then lays the groundwork for a deeper examination of RtoP’s strength by specifying what kind […]

Rebirth of Universal Jurisdiction?

Yuna Han discusses the increase of universal jurisdiction cases. Cross-posted from Ethics and International Affairs blog

The Constructive Ambiguity of the Security Council’s ISIS Resolution

Cross-posted from EJIL:Talk!   On Friday, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2249 (2015), condemning a series of recent terrorist attacks by Islamic State (IS, ISIS or ISIL). The text of the resolution, together with statements of Council members, is available here. This resolution was proposed by France and superseded two competing earlier drafts by Russia. […]

Embedded Troops and the Use of Force in Syria: International and Domestic Law Questions

Cross-posted from EJIL: Talk!   Editor’s Notes: This post was written before the announcement earlier this week that the UK had conducted a drone strike against members of Islamic State in Syria in August. Commentary on that latest development will follow later.   As Rob McLaughlin noted in his post, UK military pilots, (as well as other UK military […]

Is the relationship of the ICC and R2P truly “win-win”?

Cross-posted from openGlobalRights It has become standard practice to call on the Security Council to refer situations of imminent or ongoing atrocity crimes to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Syria is an obvious case in point. Besides ensuring justice for victims, a key rationale is the hope that ICC referrals can advance objectives related to the […]

The Caesar Pictures and Accountability in Syria

In March 2015, the devastating civil war in Syria entered into its fifth year. Here are a few figures that show the grim reality that individuals in that part of the world find themselves in on a daily basis. According to UN estimates, at least 220.000 individuals have thus far lost their lives in the […]