Some News About The International Jurist

It is time to share some news regarding this blog, for those who are interested.

First of all, I have been trying for almost a week now to transfer The International Jurist to its own web host with The result I have so far is here: I am not nearly as happy with it as I thought I would be, the theme not corresponding to the one available here on, and the whole transfer/setting up was a lot more complicated than I expected.

As matter of fact, if there are WordPress(.org) experts among readers of this blog, please contact me. I have a few questions for you.

Until I get working as it should, the blog will remain here hosted at

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To Subscribe To The New RSS Feed for The International Jurist

Just a quick post for those still subscribed to the feed for

You can subscribe to the feed for The International Jurist at its new location through RSS or email ( with the following link:


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Re; Work On Him Until He Confesses

This is a quick post to add a link from Human Rights Watch new report entitled ‘Work On Him Until He Confesses’.

The report documents how President Hosni Mubarak’s Government(Egypt) allows police abuse towards its own citizens by failing to investigate accusations of torture, and not allowing criminal prosecutions. There in effect leaving the abused party with NO form of remedy.

The link will bring to a page that sets out the table of content for the report, and allows you to receive it in the English and Arabic translation.

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To The Email Subscribers

This short post is directly addressed to all those who are email subscribers to The International Jurist.

With the move, the initial “mailing list” will cease to function. However, I am working on getting an email subscription service on The International, probably via Feedburner. I’ll try to get it up as soon as possible, but you’ll have to resubscribe there once it is installed.

Thank you for your patience,


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The International Jurist Is Moving

Dear Readers,

It has taken a while, but I have finally set up The International Jurist over at

Starting tomorrow, will redirect to

See you there!


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The Economist on Sexual Violence as a Weapon of War

The Economist has published about two weeks ago a very interesting piece on the use of rape as a weapon of war, in the past and present. It’s worthwhile reading for anyone interested. Here’s an excerpt:

Rape in war is as old as war itself. After the sack of Rome 16 centuries ago Saint Augustine called rape in wartime an “ancient and customary evil”. For soldiers, it has long been considered one of the spoils of war. Antony Beevor, a historian who has written about rape during the Soviet conquest of Germany in 1945, says that rape has occurred in war since ancient times, often perpetrated by indisciplined soldiers. But he argues that there are also examples in history of rape being used strategically, to humiliate and to terrorise, such as the Moroccan regulares in Spain’s civil war.

As the reporting of rape has improved, the scale of the crime has become more horrifyingly apparent (see table). And with the Bosnian war of the 1990s came the widespread recognition that rape has been used systematically as a weapon of war and that it must be punished as an egregious crime.

H/T Laura Seay (Texas in Africa).

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In Case You Missed It – Callixte Mbarushimana Transferred to The Hague

Callixte Mbarushimana, the FDLR leader wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes allegedly committed in the Kivus in 2009, was transferred by the French authorities to The Hague yesterday.

See the Jurist report here.

Callixte Mbarushimana is the fifth person to be arrested following the issuance of an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court.

His initial appearance before the Court should take place on Friday at 9.30 CET. See the ICC press release here.

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An International (Anti-)Corruption Court?

A letter to the International Herald Tribune (published on the New York Times website) has caught my attention. The author writes:

History shows that one corrupt regime is usually followed by another. This is so because corrupt countries are often given no chance to build up bureaucracies that can contain corruption. Hence, revolutions tend to be power struggles in which competing elites seek advantage, even though their motives might have been pure at the start.

A country like Tunisia would greatly benefit if there were an international tool that could fight corruption from outside a country. The world needs an international tribunal, like the International Criminal Court, that could make significant corruption an international crime, subject to prosecution.

After considering amendments to add to the Rome Statute the Crime of Terrorism and the Crime of Drug Trafficking, shall we imagine a “Crime of Corruption”?

The idea is amusing, but even for a partisan of international justice such as myself, I have to admit that I am more than skeptical and reluctant. As much as corruption can indeed gangrene a country and cause immeasurable harm to the population, I have a hard time imagining an international tribunal dealing with this, unless corruption has reached such heights that it amounts to crimes against humanity.

The struggle against corruption is best left to inter-state cooperation through organizations such as Interpol.


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The Turkel Commission Releases Part I of its Report on the Legality of the Gaza Flotilla Raid

The Public Commission to Examine the Maritime Incident of 31 May 2010, also known as the Turkel Commission, has published Part I of its findings on the legality of the Israeli raid against the Mavi Marmara that caused the death of nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists and provoked an international outrage last year. The Commission has deemed the raid “in accordance” with international law.

From the New York Times article:

JERUSALEM — An Israeli commission that examined the deadly raid on a flotilla off Gaza last May concluded on Sunday that Israel had acted in accordance with international law when its military enforced its naval blockade by intercepting the ships in international waters.

The commission alluded to what it called “the regrettable consequences of the loss of human life and physical injuries,” — nine pro-Palestinian campaigners were killed and more than 50 were wounded during clashes on a Turkish vessel that was attempting to breach the blockade. But the commission found that Israeli soldiers had acted “professionally and in a measured manner in the face of extensive and unanticipated violence.”

Part I of the Report is available here. I will read it over the course of the next few days, and will probably publish some thoughts.

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International Justice in Haiti and Tunisia?

Former Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali - image courtesy of France 24

Should two former dictators, the Tunisian Ben Ali and the Haitian “Baby Doc” Duvalier, face trial in front of an international tribunal such as the International Criminal Court?

The idea has been discussed, albeit briefly, especially in the case of Ben Ali following his remarkable downfall caused by what is now known as the Jasmine Revolution. Isabelle Tallec, independent journalist who blogs at Esprit de Justice (in French – but with a Google Translate bar) about issues relating to international justice, reported a few days ago on the different calls for Ben Ali to be indicted in front of an international court.

Ms. Tallec writes:

Ce n’est encore qu’un mouvement embryonnaire, mais qui a trouvé ces derniers jours un prolongement judiciaire. Ben Ali tombé, des appels épars ont commencé à circuler sur Internet demandant à ce qu’il soit traduit en justice et réclamant une enquête sur les crimes allégués du régime déchu.

Certains émanent de groupes informels, déjà existants ou constitués pour l’occasion, d’autres, d’organisations plus structurées. Des pétitions parfois relayées par les médias français et qui pour la plupart sollicitent l’intervention de la Cour pénale internationale (CPI).

Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier Photo: REUTERS

While in Tunisia a dictator flees his country, in Haiti, a former dictator, Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, returns to “help with [the] reconstruction” of his country, shattered by an ongoing humanitarian crisis since an earthquake devastated the country over a year ago. Whatever Baby Doc’s real reasons for returning to his broken home country are, he is now in turn in trouble with Haiti’s justice system, which has charged him with theft and corruption and is considering investigating alleged crimes against humanity committed during his tenure as the small nation’s despot.

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