Omar al-Bashir (centre, blue suit) at the infamous 2015 African Union summit in Johannesburg.
Arguably Africa's most powerful diplomatic player, South Africa is now backing out of the world's most important mechanism for bringing war criminals to justice.
The International Criminal Court at The Hague.
More needs to be done to protect women against sexual violence perpetrated in war.
Demands for justice for the victims of Flight MH17, including war crimes prosecutions for those responsible, persist.
The Lockerbie trial illustrates several challenges that are likely to arise again in the pursuit of justice for those killed on Flight MH17.
Millions were spent supporting an extradition process to make the prosecution of Dragan Vasiljković somebody else’s problem.
Historically, Australia’s broader policy approach to war crimes and war criminals has lacked a clear and coherent foundation.
Under proposed changes, the war crime of murder would not apply to collateral civilian deaths resulting from an otherwise lawful attack.
EPA/Zouhir Al Shimale
Under proposed changes, the war crime offence of murder, in a non-international armed conflict, would not apply to collateral civilian deaths resulting from an otherwise lawful attack.
We're unlikely to see the Syrian leader face charges for crimes against humanity any time soon.
Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo enters the court room of the ICC.
Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo has been convicted for crimes of sexual violence during war in the Central African Republic. It's a significant case, but not the historic victory it's been hailed as.
Karadžić in court.
EPA/Robin Van Lonkhuijsen
Former Bosnian Serb leader guilty of one count of genocide and numerous war crimes after 18 months of deliberation.
A four year trial and several years of deliberation later, and an international tribunal is to decide on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.
Nearly three decades after the horrific gas attack by Saddam Hussein, Kurds are waiting for the world to recognise a genocide.
Laurent Gbagbo at the ICC.
How can the International Criminal Court serve justice in a climate of intense rumour and bitter suspicion?
Defendants in the dock at the Nuremberg trials.
Raymond D’Addario via Wikimedia Commons
The trials weren't perfect, but the Allies had wanted to shoot the defendants, so at least the world learned something about justice.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma being welcomed on his arrival in Khartoum by Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir earlier this year.
Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
South Africa's withdrawal from the ICC could have mere symbolic value. The country will continue to have obligations to binding decisions taken by the UN Security Council – including those pertaining to the court.
The reconstructed front of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine in July 2014.
A Dutch Safety Board report is crucial to the progress of the ongoing criminal investigation into downed flight MH17.
Candles outside the Medecins sans Frontieres HQ in Geneva
Bombing a hospital and killing doctors and wounded or sick persons may seem to be an obvious war crime. But the reality of both the law and the facts is significantly more complicated.
There's an issue of impunity around sexual violence in conflict zones. Here's how science could help us solve it.
A 91-year-old radio operator from Auschwitz death camp has been charged as an accessory to the murder of 260,000 inmates of the notorious death camp.
Chief American prosecutor Robert H. Jackson addresses the Nuremberg court.
Set up between the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, the Nuremburg Trials founded an entire legal system the world now takes for granted.
The bodies of some of the thousands of men and boys murdered in Srebrenica.
Russia is the latest to deny 1995 massacre was genocide. Why is it so hard to agree on this issue?
There are lessons to be learnt about the ICC from the Kellogg-Briand Pact, signed in 1928. It failed to prevent the outbreak of war but brought war criminals to justice later.
The ICC has not lived up to its noble intentions of making the world more just. Its failure echoes that of the 1928 Kellogg-Briand Pact, which set out to banish wars and to settle disputes peacefully.