23 July 2014 by IJT

In a landmark verdict, a Dutch court ruled this week that The Netherlands is responsible for 300 of the more than 8,000 deaths in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, because its peacekeeping force – Dutchbat – failed to protect them. 

10 September 2014 by Stephanie van den Berg

The Netherlands has set up a joint investigative team with Ukraine, Australia and Belgium to lead a criminal investigation into Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. The plane, which was allegedly shot down, crashed on 17 July in Ukraine’s Donetsk region. All 298 people on board were killed.

24 September 2014 by Stephanie van den Berg

Despite successes, national war crimes units still rely too heavily on local counterparts, says a Human Rights Watch report comparing three EU members that use universal jurisdiction to prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity. For the 109-page report ‘The long arm of justice’, Leslie Haskell looked at how war crimes units in the Netherlands, Germany and France operated and what could be learnt from them. HRW chose the Netherlands for having the oldest and most robust unit, and France and Germany for having units less than five years old. 

08 October 2014 by Stephanie van den Berg

A recent ruling by a Netherlands court on the responsibilities of peacekeepers has implications for future operations worldwide, says researcher Lenneke Sprik, who specializes in the laws governing peacekeeping and humanitarian interventions.

23 July 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT 164.

08 October 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT issue 167.


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