The value of the rule of law is to challenge and constrain power. In this sense, the legacy of Habré’s trial and conviction is mixed.
From Germany to Georgetown, the Global North has a lot to learn about reckoning successfully with past human rights wrongs.
German’s commitment of €1.1bn for development projects in Namibia over 30 years is too cheap a price to pay for remorse.
Both sides in the Israel-Hamas conflict may be violating the international laws that govern armed conflict. A legal scholar explains these rules – and whether anyone enforces them.
Despite the International Criminal Court opening an investigation into potential war crimes dating back to 2014, legal accountability will likely remain elusive.
The Brereton report is providing an opportunity for the ADF to rethink its core values. It ignores changing social expectations at its peril.
South Africa frequently invokes its celebrated constitution that is based on human rights, but has often failed to live up to its ideals.
The political power of veterans is being put on show - as the government announces plans for a royal commission into veteran suicide.
Air New Zealand and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade have both potentially breached international human rights agreements. The government must demand answers.
Adolescent girls face unique challenges in times of conflict and crisis yet they are rarely consulted about how to engender peace in their communities.
The International court did not allow Dominic Ongwen’s background to colour the legal determination of his criminal liability.
Former fighters described Ongwen as a model fighter and an effective commander – but testimony in his trial detailed the former child soldier’s alleged personal role in the rape of underage women.
Sex and gender-based offences have become an increasing focus of war crimes trials at the International Criminal Court.
When the honour of Australia’s revered soldiers is questioned, so, too, is the national self-image. But war is an ugly business, and we pay a price for tethering it so tightly to our identity.
Investigating senior officers, and where appropriate, taking action against them, is an important part of restoring the reputation of the Australian military abroad.
Women continue to be stereotyped as passive and meek. For this reason, international courts often let women war criminals off the hook.
Now is the time to reflect carefully on what we ask of, and how we best support, those soldiers who serve in our name.
There is ‘credible information’ Australian soldiers were involved in war crimes. But investigating and prosecuting these will be incredibly difficult.
Each side in the bloody Nagorno-Karabakh conflict accuses the other of war crimes. Such allegations attract foreign attention and possibly intervention, but rarely lead to a peaceful solution.
The government is setting up a special investigator office to examine the findings of the inquiry into alleged misconduct by Australian special forces in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016.