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Book Review: Hybrid Courts: Lessons From Rwanda and Sierra Leone by Dr Obote OdoraBook Review: Hybrid Courts: Lessons From Rwanda and Sierra Leone by Dr Obote Odora

The most recent book from esteemed legal scholar Dr Alex Obote-Odora is a robust contribution in his efforts bending us toward justice. For anyone with even a passing interest about international justice “Hybrid Courts: Lessons from Rwanda and Sierra Leone” {...}

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Why the West support dictatorship in Black Africa?Why the West support dictatorship in Black Africa?

Viewed in that context, the post-colonial Africa’s burden therefore lies in the continued reliance on Western colonial laws and institutions developed by the colonisers to maintain white domination and undermine socio-economic developments of Black Africa. The colonial policies created slave {...}

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Challenges of Addressing Acts of Terrorism in Non-International Armed ConflictsChallenges of Addressing Acts of Terrorism in Non-International Armed Conflicts

Introduction The international community, under both the League of Nations and the United Nations, have historically found it problematic to reach a consensus position on legal definition of terrorism. In the 1930s, several attempts by the League of Nations to {...}

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Non-State Armed Groups in Africa: What are their legal status and obligations?Non-State Armed Groups in Africa: What are their legal status and obligations?

International and non-international armed conflicts have been fought, intermittently, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), since 1997. A number of African States joined the armed conflicts, fighting on either side. There were also many foreign and indigenous non-State armed {...}

Essays

Dictators Who Murder Their Own People Should be Brought to JusticeDictators Who Murder Their Own People Should be Brought to Justice

“The doctrine of command responsibility is ultimately predicated upon the power of the superior to control the acts of his subordinates” Celebici Appeal Judgement[1] Introduction A shrinking concept of state sovereignty has created conditions for decentralisation of the exercise of {...}

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Doctrine of Military Necessity and Role of Religious Institutions: A CommentaryDoctrine of Military Necessity and Role of Religious Institutions: A Commentary

“The ‘Principle of Military Necessity’ permits measures which are actually necessary to accomplish a legitimate military purpose and are not otherwise prohibited by International Humanitarian Law” International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Introduction During international armed conflicts (IAC) or {...}

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Guilty Plea Negotiations for Serious Crimes: Lessons Learnt from the ICTRGuilty Plea Negotiations for Serious Crimes: Lessons Learnt from the ICTR

Introduction Plea negotiations are a common practice in international criminal prosecutions. The practice is also common in many national jurisdictions. Accused person may choose to plead guilty, in many cases, agree as well, to testify against co-perpetrators or co-conspirators as {...}