Violence in the Central African Republic forced this family to leave home and live in the shell of an aircraft at Bangui International Airport, in December 2013 (Photo: Flickr/Catholic Relief Services/S.Phelps)
25 March 2015 by Benjamin Duerr, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Every few weeks, it seems, a call sounds to establish a tribunal for mass-atrocity crimes. The most recent example is Syria, for which UN war crimes investigators this month urged the international community to set up a new court.  Failure to get Syria referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) by the UN Security Council, with its deep-seated divisions, has clearly driven the search for alternatives.

19 April 2004 by -

«I have a question that I would like you all to think about: will there be a time when a multinational corporation is criminally responsible? We were that close. But we could not connect the dots. We would have liked to but it did not happen.» On 8 April at Harvard University, David Crane spent over an hour and a half talking to American students. Just before taking his leave, David Crane stared at the students fixedly and asked them to reflect on the question.

17 March 2007 by -

The latest round of negotiations between the United Nations and the Burundian government to implement a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and a Special Court ended with an acknowledgement of failure [IJT-56]. The March 5-10 discussions in Bujumbura were supposed to accomplish the objective laid out beforehand by the Burundian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation: common agreement on all essential issues, including the nature of the public consultation, the scope of amnesty and the relationship between the TRC and Special Court.

26 June 2006 by -

On June 13, 2005, a week after the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) had announced the opening of an investigation into Darfur, the Sudanese government created a special court with the intention of trying "160 suspects." In his report to the Security Council one year later, the ICC prosecutor stated, "So far the Special Court has conducted six trials of less than thirty suspects.

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