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02 February 2023: United Nations experts have called for an independent investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Mali allegedly committed by government forces and the Russian private military contractor Wagner Group. 

30 January 2023: A London court has dismissed an Uyghur rights group’s legal challenge against the British government for not investigating the import of cotton produced in the Chinese region of Xinjiang. 

27 January 2023: The government of the Philippines has stated that it intends to appeal an International Criminal Court decision to reopen an inquiry into the deaths following the government's anti-drug campaign. 

26 January 2023: The International Criminal Court has resumed investigation into the Situation of the Republic of the Philippines due to dissatisfaction with the national investigations into the deaths following the government's anti-drug campaign.

25 January 2023: The UN Economic and Social Council has expressed concerns about the growing risks of genocide and atrocity crimes and discussed the need to protect fundamental rights. 

24 January 2023: In Ukraine, four Russian soldiers, members of a special forces unit, have pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 11 years in prison for torture

23 January 2023: Herero and Nama representatives have filed a lawsuit against the Namibian government based on its agreement with Germany to recognise the colonial-era genocide of the ethnic groups. They claim that it is illegal because descendants are not directly compensated. 

18 January 2023: In Germany, a survivor will testify against Bai Lowe, arrested and charged under the principle of universal jurisdiction, with murder, attempted murder, and crimes against humanity for the alleged killings of about 44 Ghanaians in The Gambia in 2005. 

17 January 2023: Dutch authorities have arrested an alleged former security official for the Islamic State, who is accused of committing war crimes. He entered the Netherlands as a refugee and will appear before a judge in The Hague, where he can be prosecuted under the principle of universal jurisdiction. 

16 January 2023: Swiss prosecutors have stated that they are close to concluding their investigation into crimes against humanity allegedly committed by former Gambian interior minister Ousman Sonko. 

13 January 2023: In a Swiss appeals court, a witness has testified on charges of rape against Liberian rebel commander Alieu Kosiah, who has been convicted of war crimes. Prosecutors are arguing that he also committed crimes against humanity during the Liberian civil war between 1999 and 2003.

11 January 2023: In Sweden, the appeal trial of Iranian citizen Hamid Noury, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for committing war crimes during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, has started. 

10 January 2023: A Finnish court of appeal began the universal jurisdiction trial against Sierra Leonean Gibril Massaquoi for allegedly committing war crimes during the Liberian civil war between 1999 and 2003 as a high-ranking official of the Revolutionary United Front.

09 January 2023: The British government has stated that in March, justice ministers from around the world will gather in London to scale up the support being offered to the International Criminal Court in its investigations of alleged war crimes in Ukraine. 

4 January 2023: A Finnish court has ordered that Gibril Massaquoi, a former commander for Sierra Leone’s Revolutionary United Front (RUF), be retried over alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Liberia. Massaquoi was acquitted of the charges in his first trial after judges found prosecutors had not proved his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

21 December 2022: In Germany, a district court has sentenced a former Nazi concentration camp secretary to a two-year suspended sentence for aiding and abating Nazi war crimes at the Stutthof camp in occupied Poland.

19 December 2022: The Trial Panel of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) has found Salih Mustafa guilty of war crimes committed in a prison compound in 1999 and sentenced him to 26 years of imprisonment. 

15 December 2022: The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has confirmed the conviction and sentencing of Domenic Ongwen for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Uganda between 2002 and 2005. 

14 December 2022: In Kenya, a lawsuit has claimed that the social media company Meta promoted speech that led to ethnic violence and killings in Ethiopia by utilizing an algorithm that prioritizes and recommends hateful and violent content. The petitioners seek to compel Meta to create a USD 1.6 billion victims’ fund. 

New cases, briefs and videos

(For older announcements, please visit our announcements archive.)

NEW CASE: Case analysis of the appeals judgment in the Eshetu Alemu case (The Hague Court of Appeal, June 2022) is now online. It can be accessed here

NEW VIDEO: A new video is available online. On 14 December 2022, the T.M.C. Asser Instituut organised this Supranational Criminal Law (SCL) lecture, titled “Environmental harm and international criminal law” featuring Matthew Gillett, Rosario Salvatore Aitala, Larissa van den Herik, Daniëlla Dam-de Jong and Stavros Evdokimos Pantazopoulos. The video is available here

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 VIDEO: A new video is available online. On 19 May 2022, Leiden University organised this Supranational Criminal Law (SCL) lecture, titled “Is Universal Jurisdiction Becoming more Universal? Taking Stock of Contemporary Practices” featuring Ms. Natalie von Wistinghausen, Dr. Priya Pillai and Dr. Thijs Bouwknegt. The video is available here

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 VIDEO: A new video is available online. On 2 December 2020, the T.M.C. Asser Instituut organised this Supranational Criminal Law (SCL) lecture titled "The STL Judgement in the Ayyash et al. case: Justice for Lebanon?", featuring the speakers Ms. Olga Kavran, Dr. Thijs Bouwknegt and Dr. Ilaria Zavoli. The video is available 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