Wreckage recovery of flight MH17 November 2014 (Photo: Dutch Ministry of Defence/ Dutch Safety Board)
06 February 2017 by Stephanie van den Berg, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Ukraine and Russia will face off before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) from March 6 to 9 over so-called provisional measures against Russia to “prevent further aggravation or extension of the disputes between the parties” requested by Ukraine. Among the measures demanded by Kiev is that Russia cracks down on border security to prevent acts of terrorism financing, including the supply of weapons to pro-Russian militias.  

Post-conflict rubble in Gori, Georgia, on 25 August 2008 (Photo: Flickr/Chuck Simmins)
17 February 2016 by Sofio Natsvlishvili, Tbilisi (Georgia), and Janet H. Anderson, The Hague (The Netherlands)

While Russia and Western states square off over Syria, Ukraine and Crimea, the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into alleged war crimes in Georgia in 2008 also risks being caught up in a new Cold War. And even though ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda was praised for finally removing what appeared to be her office’s Africa-only blinders, those who know the strategy discussions as they run deep in The Hague’s dunes, believe she has ventured into the Caucasus with extreme reluctance.

South Ossetian Internally Displaced Persons in Skra, Georgia in March 2012 (Photo: Flickr/Marco Fieber)
15 October 2015 by Janet H. Anderson and Sofio Natsvlishvili, Tbilisi (Georgia)

International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda this week made her first consequential move towards a case outside Africa by asking ICC judges to permit an investigation into the 2008 war over South Ossetia. The conflict, between Georgian, Russian and South Ossetian forces, killed hundreds and displaced thousands.

27 January 2010 by -

The upper house of Russia’s parliament voted Wednesday to ratify a key protocol on reforming the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), allowing the reform to proceed after years of resistance from Moscow. 

The 137 member Federation Council agreed unanimously to ratify Protocol 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, aimed at streamlining the work of the Strasbourg-based court and reducing its backlog of cases. The lower house of Russia’s parliament, the Duma, voted to approve the protocol earlier this month.

19 May 2010 by -

The UN should support the establishment of a tribunal to try Somali pirates, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Maxime Verhagen said on Monday.

By Hermione Gee

Verhagen said the tribunal should preferably be located in Kenya, under the supervision of the UN. Russia also supports the idea.

07 May 2007 by -

Three out of four Russian servicemen accused of murdering six Chechen civilians during a reconnaissance mission in January 2002 have gone missing, shortly before the Rostov-on- Don court was to reach its verdict. A guilty verdict was expected in the Captain Eduard Ulman case after Russia's Supreme Court, under pressure from the Chechen government, overturned two previous acquittals by juries and referred the case to professional judges [IJT-58].