16 March 2011 by Richard Walker

US President Barack Obama has given the go ahead for trials to resume at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba. But critics accuse him of going back on his election pledge to close the prison within a year. A conversation with Geert-Jan Knoops, a Professor of International Law, who has advised Obama on the issue. 

13 April 2010 by -

"Nations that supply terrorists with nuclear secrets or material should be prosecuted by a special tribunal," says outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende. And he believes the ideal location for such an international nuclear court would be The Hague. But, isn't there already an international court in The Hague with the power to try international lawbreakers?

By Thijs Bouwknegt

13 January 2010 by Hermione Gee

Eight years ago this week, the American detention centre on the shore of Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay welcomed its first shackled, hooded prisoners, in their now notorious orange jumpsuits – alleged enemy combatants in America’s ‘war on terror’. Since it opened on January 12th, 2002, some 775 detainees have been brought to the prison. Around 450 have been released without charge and over 200 men are still being held.

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