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We are not all Charlie: why the biggest threat to freedom of expression might come from within democracies

Putting aside the usual “they had it coming” comments that have flourished on twitter and facebook, since Tuesday, I am reading reports that a number of media outlets are deciding not to show Charlie Hebdo cartoons. This seems to be … Continue reading

“I am Charlie”: defending freedom of expression after French Cartoonists killed

“I am strong, I will hurt them with my words” (My 3 year old son, when being told what happened in France today) This post is not about cold legal analysis, or even about law. It will not be particularly … Continue reading

Are all crimes committed in Palestine between 2002 and 2014 now beyond the reach of the ICC? Possibly.

I wish all the readers of this blog a very happy New Year and thank you for your support over the years. Do not hesitate to spread the word about spreading the jam! The new year started with a bang: … Continue reading

Guest Post: A Matter of Distinction Part II: participation of children in hostilities following the Lubanga Appeal Judgment

[I’m delighted to welcome Catherine Harwood again with her thoughts on the recent Lubanga Judgment’s take on active participation in hostilities] Introduction On 1 December 2014, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court dismissed Mr Lubanga‚Äôs appeals against conviction … Continue reading

Post Conflict Justice and the ICC: some thoughts on false expectations and the illusion of staying together “for the kids”

At the end of last week, I attended a very interesting conference organised by the Grotius Centre of Leiden University on the “Impact and Effectiveness of the International Criminal Court”, the final conference of a several year project on post … Continue reading