10 April 2006 by -

On March 29, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution urging the Secretary-General "to negotiate an agreement with the Government of Lebanon aimed at establishing a tribunal of an international character based on the highest international standards of criminal justice" in order to try the perpetrators of an attack that killed former Lebanese prime minister Rafic Hariri. On April 4, Serge Brammertz, the head of the fact finding committee that recommended this solution, met with the president of the Beirut bar association, who would like the seat of the court to be outside Lebanon.

09 October 2006 by Jerome Mayer-Cantu

On September 25, the United Nations commission investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri published a new provisional report. However, since the 34-day war between Israel and the Hezbollah in July-August, the commission has come under greater pressure. Syria, which is a target of the international investigation, is trying to thwart the commission's efforts, while its Lebanese ally, Hezbollah, is weakening the central government.

11 May 2011

The international legal dichotomy of eliminating Bin Laden

In 2002, when the United States openly suggested resorting to a pre-emptive military strike against Iraq in its fight against terrorism, then French President Jacques Chirac, in the New York Times, fiercely opposed this approach as being contrary to international law - opening a door to abuse and setting a wrong precedent. “Suppose that China would invade Taiwan because Taiwan would be an alleged security threat to China. What would the world say?”, the French president exclaimed.

FDLR - Waging war by mobile phone and emails

How do you spearhead a deadly militia in Congo, from Germany? In modern times, one only needs a mobile phone and a laptop to unleash a humanitarian catastrophe. German prosecutors are convinced that two Rwandans waged a brutal war some 6,000 kilometres away via telephone calls and emails.

President with a purpose

In the coming months, the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) expects to begin arresting and putting on trial those responsible for the assassination of the former Lebanese prime Minister Rafik Hariri. As the STL moves into its next phase the Tribunal's President, Antonio Cassese, continues to publish extensively on issues of international human rights and criminal law. Cassese, professor of international law at the University of Florence and former President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), spoke to the International Justice Tribune (IJT).

Guinea: court action, but when?

A few months from now, Guineans will hold a sombre commemoration: on the 28th of September 2009, soldiers, militias and mercenaries went on the rampage in the capital’s main stadium. They killed 157 people and raped dozens of women. The victims and survivors of that mass crime are beginning to ask when justice will be their due. 

30 April 2014 by IJT

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) issued new arrest warrants in April against the now five suspects charged for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, following the prosecution’s submission of a joint indictment. In February, the STL decided to join the case of Hassan Merhi to that of Salim Ayyash, Mustafa Badreddine, Hussein Oneissi and Assad Sabra.  

11 June 2014 by Lynn Maalouf, Beirut (Lebanon)

The Hague-based Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) will re-open its trial next week for a few days, with a new element: Hassan Habib Merhi. He is the fifth in absentia suspect in one of the most dramatic political assassinations to take place in the region, which killed 22 people including Lebanon’s Prime Minister Rafik Hariri . But to those in Lebanon who have been eyeing with growing wariness the long-awaited start of the trials, this late indictment has been received with some frustration.

25 June 2014 by Janet H. Anderson, The Hague (The Netherlands)

The prosecution presented last week their case against a fifth in absentia accused, Hassan Merhi [IJT-161], who has been joined to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) trial for the bomb attack that killed prime minister Rafiq Hariri in 2005. But despite copious evidence from the examination of a variety of mobile phones, the prosecution has still presented no clear motive behind the attack.

25 June 2014 by Lynn Maalouf, Beirut (Lebanon)

As the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) trial proceedings inched forward last week on the Rafiq Hariri case, an overarching question remains as to the judicial impact of the hybrid court. Amidst a strong local perception that the STL is doing too little too late, and a context marred by continuing political violence including car bombs, victims of the other attacks are left in the dark.