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The ICC’s Afghanistan Investigation: The Missing Option

"The outcome of the legal process before the ICC is uncertain, but triggering legal discussion of the SOFA appears to be the only means by which the US could avoid a full ICC investigation of US personnel involved in the Afghanistan intervention. For that the SOFA must be presented to the Office of the Prosecutor so that the ICC’s designated authorities have an opportunity to rule on the matter.” 

Read the full article by Luis Moreno Ocampo in Lawfare.

Fast Company Names Yazda Top 10 Social Good Company

“In addition to its significant humanitarian work through its victim assistance center in Kurdistan, Iraq, Yazda has worked to raise the international profile of the Yazidi plight and advocated for formal recognition of a genocide by the International Criminal Court. In collaboration with Yazidi survivor and international spokeswoman Nadia Murad, former ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, and communications firm Uncommon Union, Yazda launched the “It’s On U” campaign to pressure governments to support the case and recruited human rights lawyer Amal Clooney to take it on.”

Read more on Fast Company.


Getnick & Getnick LLP's Lesley Ann Skillen highlights the multibillion-dollar budget-boosting benefit of introducing US-style whistleblower protections in Australia in a submission to a government inquiry.  

"There is no more compelling argument for the introduction of a US-style whistleblower-for-reward law modelled on the False Claims Act in Australia than the track record of the act in the United States," Ms Skillen said.

Read more at The Age

How Trump Can Work with Russia to Challenge the Status Quo and to Control ISIS?

What should President Donald Trump do if ISIS crashed a plane into the Freedom Tower next September 11, 2017? After 16 years of a so-called “war on terror,” would experts be able to provide the new President with a clear and effective strategy to confront international terrorism?

Read my article in Just Security - https://www.justsecurity.org/36449/trump-work-russia-challenge-status-quo-control-isis

ICC Chief Prosecutor Urges Russia to Lead in Solving Disputes Legally

Russia should play a crucial role in solving issues through existing legal international mechanisms as it has rich expertise in the area, the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) first chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told Sputnik on Friday, following Moscow's decision to leave the organization.

Read more: https://sputniknews.com/world/201611181047605817-icc-moreno-ocampo-russia/

Farc peace accord may prove hard sell for Colombia’s Santos

To some, the Colombian government’s historic peace deal with Marxist rebels that would end one of the world’s longest-running civil wars will only be fully appreciated in years to come.

Luis Moreno Ocampo, the Argentine former chief of the International Criminal Court, says the accord signed on Wednesday by Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia’s president, is “like a work by Van Gogh that only gained public recognition after he died.”

But pitted against the deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or Farc, is Álvaro Uribe, the popular former president who once led an all-out offensive against the rebels who has criticised the accord as being too lenient.

Mr Santos has promised to put his agreement with the guerrillas to an unprecedented nationwide referendum, set for October 2. But with divisions running deep, in its search for peace Colombia finds itself at a crossroads over how to end a five-decade-long conflict that killed 220,000 people and displaced almost 7m.

“One hundred per cent of Colombians want dialogue and peace,” Mr Uribe tells the Financial Times. “But many do not approve of full impunity or political eligibility for those responsible for crimes against humanity.”

Andres Schipani in Bogotá and Lucinda Elliott in London

Financial Times

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