Japan claims that the placement of “comfort girl” statues outside the Japanese legations in South Korea violates international law, but state practice and jurisprudence suggests otherwise.
Torture is the ultimate abuse of state power over the individual. If the US returns to using it, all hell could break loose.
The UK has yet to properly grapple with its past complicity in prisoner abuses and torture.
Three key rulings by the UK Supreme Court and their legal implications.
Japan is once again allegedly killing whales in Antarctica. But after taking Japan to international court in 2014, there’s not much Australia can do.
Plenty of African states bristle at the rest of the world’s eagerness to prosecute crimes committed on the continent. Some are finding other ways to do it.
In December 1966, international law created several degrees of separation between different sets of human rights. Today, we must fix this.
Britain has a number of bilateral treaties with Eastern European countries that will remain after Brexit.
When mass graves are disturbed, it makes it harder to find out the truth about what happened.
You might be familiar with Article 50, but Article 127 of another European treaty could be as important when it comes to Brexit.
The extradition process for Australian citizen Neil Prakash could be prolonged, as Turkey and other countries may want to interrogate him or seek his extradition.
Donald Trump will soon have command of thousands of nuclear weapons. This presents a new and unknown threat to global security - and an urgent incentive for all states to ban nuclear weapons.
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.
Changes that would widen the gulf between Australian practice and international standards should be avoided at all costs.
The Lockerbie trial illustrates several challenges that are likely to arise again in the pursuit of justice for those killed on Flight MH17.
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 offence of murder, in a non-international armed conflict, would not apply to collateral civilian deaths resulting from an otherwise lawful attack.
Even if the war in Syria is somehow brought to a close, prosecuting IS members for the crimes they’ve committed won’t be easy.
But criminal sanctions alone aren’t enough. We also have to make individuals and firms financially liable for their actions.
While Yemen burns, Theresa May’s government plays with words.