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06 December 2022: The news platform Al Jazeera has made a submission to the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who while reporting, was shot during an Israeli raid in the West Bank in May. The circumstances of Abu Akleh's killing are disputed.

02 December 2022: The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will deliver the appeals judgment on the verdict and sentence in the Ongwen case on 15 December 2022. The Court had previously found him guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes for his role in the Lord’s resistance army in Uganda after 1 July 2002. 

30 November 2022: For the first time, in the Said trial, the International Criminal Court (ICC) is dealing with alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the ‘Seleka’ rebel force in the Central African Republic. The majority of the witnesses are testifying anonymously and the trial is not accessible to the public.

28 November 2022: The District Court of The Hague has found the Dutch state in violation of international humanitarian law, for bombing a residential complex in Afghanistan in 2007, and ordered the state to compensate the victims.

25 November 2022: International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Karim Khan has issued a statement, seeking authorisation to hold a hearing on the confirmation of charges against Joseph Kony, the founder and leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, in his absence. The arrest warrant against Joseph Kony, was issued in 2005 for 33 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

24 November 2022: The first crimes against humanity proceedings have begun in Kenya against 12 police officers for atrocities carried out during a violent crackdown on post-election protests in 2017.

23 November 2022: In Germany, prosecutors have demanded a suspended sentence for a former Nazi concentration camp secretary, for alleged complicity in the "cruel and malicious murder" of more than 10,000 people at the Stutthof camp in occupied Poland.

22 November 2022: The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution to move toward drafting a treaty on crimes against humanity. The proposed treaty would require all states parties to include the definition of these acts in their national laws and to take steps to prevent and punish them in national courts.

17 November 2022: The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution that calls for Russia to pay war reparations to Ukraine for international crimes committed in the armed conflict. 

14 November 2022: A report by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has outlined that delays in implementing Bosnia and Herzegovina's strategy for the prosecution of war crimes committed in the country, risk the process being prolonged for years.

11 November 2022: In a speech to the UN Security Council, the International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Karim Khan acknowledged that justice can be achieved in Libya for crimes that could fall within the ICC's jurisdiction committed in 2011.

09 November 2022: The sentenced former battalion commander Kunti Kamara has appealed his conviction for crimes against humanity and torture committed in Western Liberia between 1993 and 1994, which a French court had found him guilty off based on the principle of universal jurisdiction. 

07 November 2022: Amnesty International has responded to the peace agreement between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and called for clear measures of accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the conflict, that broke out in 2020. 

03 November 2022: The Special Criminal Court for international crimes as defined under the law of the Central African Republic has convicted three members of the Retour, Réclamation et Réhabilitation (3R) armed group for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in 2019. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights welcomed the conviction. 

02 November 2022: Based on the principle of universal jurisdiction, a French court has sentenced Kunti Kamara to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity and torture, committed by the former battalion commander in Western Liberia between 1993 and 1994.

01 November 2022: The Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has authorised the Prosecution to resume investigations into the Afghanistan Situation, as Afghanistan is not presently carrying out genuine investigations. 

31 October 2022: The Kenyan prosecutor has charged police officers with crimes against humanity over the deadly crackdown on post-election protests in 2017. 

28 October 2022: The Namibian Government has asked the German Government to renegotiate the genocide agreement, which the countries had reached in 2021 to remedy the victims of the Herero and Nama genocide, in the occupied Namibian territory from 1904 - 1908. 

27 October 2022: The Kunti Kamara trial, concerning crimes against humanity allegedly committed by the former battalion commander in Western Liberia has entered its third week and is held in France based on the principle of universal jurisdiction. 

25 October 2022: In the United Kingdom, A Uyghur organization and a human rights group have taken Britain’s government to court to challenge its failure to block the import of cotton products associated with forced labour and other human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region, that may amount to crimes against humanity according to the United Nations.

New cases, briefs and videos

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NEW BRIEF: A new ICD Brief is available on the International Crimes Database entitled: "Prosecution of Ecocide as a Weapon in Armed Conflict: Reflections on Crimea", by Prof. Borys Babin and Dr. Oleksii Plotnikov. This Brief is part of the ICD Ecocide Brief Series. 

NEW BRIEF: A new ICD Brief is available on the International Crimes Database entitled "Ecocide and the End of the Anthropocene: An Ecocentric Critique of the (Failed) Developments of an International Crime of Ecocide", by Clémentine Dècle-Classen. This Brief is part of the ICD Ecocide Brief Series. 

NEW BRIEF: A new ICD Brief is available on the International Crimes Database entitled "The Crime of Ecocide Through Human Rights: A New Tool for Climate Justice", by Lisa Oldring and Kate Mackintosh. This Brief is part of the ICD Ecocide Brief Series. 

NEW CASES: Case analysis of the summary of the judgment in the Husayn (Abu Zubaydah) v. Poland case (July, 2014) is now online. It can be accessed here.

NEW CASES: Case analysis of the summary of the judgment in the Abu Zubaydah v. Lithuania case (May, 2018) is now online. It can be accessed here.

NEW CASES: Case analysis of the summary of the judgment in the The Prosecutor v Ayyash et al. case (August, 2020) is now online. It can be accessed here.

NEW VIDEO: A new video is available online. The very first online (Zoom) Supranational Criminal Law (SCL) lecture was organised on 3 June 2020, titled ‘Challenges to Prosecuting Paramilitaries: Insights from the former Yugoslavia and Syria’. Speakers were Dr Iva Vukušić, Visiting Research Fellow at Department of War Studies, King’s College London, Ali Aljasem, MA, Researcher at the History Department, Utrecht University and Dr Matthew Gillett, Director, Peace and Justice Initiative and Trial Lawyer, Office of the Prosecutor at the ICC. The video recording can be viewed here

NEW VIDEO: A new video is available online. On 10 February 2020, Dr Christopher Soler, Judge Kimberly Prost and Dr. Yasmin Naqvi provided a lecture at the Asser Institute in the context of the Supranational Criminal Law Lectures Series (SCL). The lecture was organised to celebrate the publication of the book The Global Prosecution of Core Crimes under International Law. The video recording can be viewed here

NEW BRIEF: A new ICD Brief is available on the International Crimes Database entitled “Human Rights Remedies for Violations of the Law of Armed Conflict: Reflections on the Right to Reparation in Light of Recent Domestic Court Decisions in the Netherlands and Denmark”, by Vessela Terzieva.

Vessela Terzieva is an international criminal lawyer and an external PhD researcher at the University of Amsterdam. Her ICD Brief relates to recent decisions in the Netherlands and Denmark awarding compensation for damage at the hands of the military during armed conflict, including the July 2019 ruling of the Dutch Supreme Court in the 'Mothers of Srebrenica' case. It explores how these decisions contribute to the debate on the right to reparation for victims of international humanitarian law violations.