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Mohammed Jabbateh Conviction: A Human Rights Trial Cloaked in Immigration Crimes


On Oct. 18, a U.S. federal jury issued the first criminal conviction involving mass atrocities committed during Liberia’s First Civil War in the 1990s by a ULIMO rebel commander. Following a nine-day jury trial in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Mohammed Jabbateh, aka “Jungle Jabbah,” was found guilty of two counts of fraud and two counts of perjury related to statements he made during immigration interviews and on documents after entering the United States from Liberia.…   continue »

Important New Bipartisan Bill To Advance Accountability for International Crimes in Syria


Following on the heels of last week’s chemical weapon attack in Syria, Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Bob Corker (R-TN), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Todd Young (R-IN) have introduced the Syria War Crimes Accountability Act of 2017, which authorizes the United States to provide technical and other forms of assistance to investigations and other credible transitional justice efforts, including a potential hybrid tribunal.  …   continue »

Understanding Complicity: When the US Makes a “Substantial Contribution” to War Crimes Committed by Foreign Partners

With power comes responsibility. In their new duties, Trump administration officials will need to consider the legal hazards associated with supporting foreign military partners who commit international crimes. Perhaps most alarming to some officials will be the risk of personal criminal liability.…   continue »

Atrocities Prevention Experts Report Released with Concrete Recommendations for the Next Administration

I have been honored to serve on a bipartisan Experts Committee on Preventing Mass Violence—convened by a coalition of human rights, religious, humanitarian, and peace organizations—for the purpose of generating a set of concrete recommendations around the atrocities prevention imperative for the next administration.  continue »

International Justice Day Round-Up II: Bemba, the Crime of Aggression, and More Justice for Chile

This is Part II of an International Justice Day Top-10 Round Up.  Part I—which discussed the recent judgment against Hissène Habré in the Extraordinary African Chambers, the consequences (vel non) of recent travel of President Al-Bashir to ICC States Parties, and the Open Society Justice Initiative’s finding that crimes against humanity have been committed in Mexico—is here.…   continue »

International Justice Day Round-Up I: Habre, Bashir Travel, Crimes Against Humanity in Mexico

The field of international criminal justice has witnessed a number of important developments this spring and summer—enough to merit a proverbial top-ten list. In honor of International Justice Day on July 17th (whose official tag is #JusticeMatters), this three-part series provides background and analysis of some key judgments, jurisprudential developments, and events.  …   continue »

The Many Significances of the Karadžić Conviction

Last week, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) convicted Radovan Karadžić, the former President of the Republika Srpska and Supreme Commander of the Bosnian Serb army. Specifically, he was found guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes for atrocities committed during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1991 to 1995.…   continue »