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How to Move Beyond South Africa’s Notice of Withdrawal from the ICC


International Criminal Court, The Hague, Netherlands-Hypergio, Wiki Commons

As the dust settles following South Africa’s controversial and perhaps unconstitutional announcement on October 20 that it will withdraw from the International Criminal Court, both African and non-African States Parties of the ICC should explore ways to improve the pursuit of justice rather than backslide into dens of impunity. …   continue »

The Early Edition: October 24, 2016

Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.


Iraqi forces shelled Islamic State positions outside Mosul today, while Human Rights Watch called for a probe into a suspected airstrike that hit a mosque on Friday in the nearby town of Daquq, killing over a dozen, the AP’s Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Joseph Krauss report.…   continue »

Justice Richard Goldstone: South Africa’s Attempt to Withdraw from Int’l Criminal Court is Unconstitutional

In a shocking surprise to many in the international community, South Africa has announced that is has formally begun the process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court. Having now submitted an “Instrument of Withdrawal” (full text) to the UN Secretary-General, South Africa became the first nation to take this extraordinary step.…   continue »

Mass Hacks of Private Email Aren’t Whistleblowing, They are at Odds With It.


The Exxon Valdez after leaking more than 10 million gallons of oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound in March, 1989. Image via NOAA/Wikimedia

The world of 2016 is one where leaking a lot is much easier than leaking a little. And the indiscriminate compromise of people’s selfies, ephemeral data, and personal correspondence — what we used to rightly think of as a simple and brutal invasion of privacy — has become the unremarkable chaff surrounding a few worthy instances of potentially genuine whistleblowing. …   continue »

What Law Applies to the Resort to Force Against Non-State Actors? Filling the Void of “Internal Jus Ad Bellum”

What international legal rules determine when the U.S. government can resort to force against a non-state armed group such as the Khorasan Group, if that organization plans an imminent strike on the United States? And when can a state lawfully use force to stop a homegrown armed group from launching an attack?…   continue »

Welcome, Kate Brannen!—Just Security’s New Deputy Managing Editor

After an exhaustive search and many great applicants, we are thrilled to announce that Kate Brannen will join Just Security as Deputy Managing Editor on October 18th.

Brannen will be familiar to many Just Security readers. She is currently a national security reporter and nonresident senior fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council.…   continue »