Tor Krever on the ICC

In the latest issue of New Left Review (No 85, Jan/Feb 2014) Tor Krever asks whether the ICC is protector of the weak or tool of the strong. He considers the origins and evolution of the Court, examining the context of the court’s establishment, the motives of the states that set it up and the record of its operations to date. Tracing the ICC’s geopolitical tacking through a decade of imperial warfare, he argues that the court’s selective and highly politicized interventions have operated to reproduce one-sided narratives of complex conflicts, demonizing some perpetrators while shielding, and legitimating, imperial powers: less…

‘Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law. An Introduction’ (C. Schwöbel (ed)) now available for pre-order

Drawing on the critical legal tradition, the collection of international scholars gathered in this volume analyse the complicities and limitations of International Criminal Law. This area of law has recently experienced a significant surge in scholarship and public debate; individual criminal accountability is now firmly entrenched in both international law and the international consciousness as a necessary mechanism of responsibility. Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law: An Introduction shifts the debate towards that which has so far been missing from the mainstream discussion: the possible injustices, exclusions, and biases of International Criminal Law. This collection of essays is the first…

Burgis-Kasthala on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

CAICL network member Michelle Burgis-Kasthala recently published an article in the International Journal of Transitional Justice on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. In this piece she questions the extent to which this model of International Criminal Justice will serve broader transitional justice goals within Lebanon and beyond. For more information, see


The Sentimental Life of International Law: Celebratory Lecture

Following the recent launch of the London Review of International Law, the journal invites readers to a celebratory lecture by Gerry Simpson.  The public lecture, ‘the sentimental life of international law’, is open to all and will be followed by a drinks reception. Thursday 28 November 2013 6pm in Wolfson Theatre, Lower Ground Floor, New Academic Building, LSE drinks 7pm Eighth Floor, New Academic Building, LSE

CAICL London Workshop, October 2013

London Workshop

This week, CAICL members met for a two-day workshop in London to discuss their work on issues relating to international criminal law and future network activities.  One decision taken at the meeting was to start using this website not only for network-related announcements, but also as a forum for wider discussions.  To that end, a number of members hope to start blogging here, so look out for posts coming soon. The workshop was convened by Paul Clark and hosted by Grietje Baars at City University on 18-19 October 2013.

The London Review of International Law Launches

The inaugural issue of the London Review of International Law has been published by OUP.  All content is available online free, without subscription.  From the editorial introduction by Matt Craven, Catriona Drew, Stephen Humphreys, Andrew Lang, and Susan Marks: A particular focus of this journal is work that has a theoretical, historical and/or socio-legal dimension. As editors, we will also incline towards work that communicates what it has to say with a bold, distinctive voice. We want to make the London Review not only stimulating and illuminating, but also enjoyable to read. Regarding our editorial policy and indeed politics, we admit frankly and without apology that our…

Apartheid and International Law

CAICL member John Reynolds writes with John Dugard in the latest issue of EJIL (volume 24, number 3) on Apartheid, International Law and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Apartheid is a loaded term; saturated with history and emotion. It conjures up images and memories of discrimination, oppression, and brutality; indulgence, privilege, and pretension; racism, resistance, and, ultimately, emancipation. All of which come to us through the history of apartheid in South Africa. Although prohibited and criminalized by international law in response to the situation in southern Africa, the concept of apartheid was never given enormous attention by international lawyers. Following an…

Krever on Ideology and ICL

The latest issue of the Leiden Journal of International Law (Volume 26 / Issue 03 / September 2013) contains an article by CAICL member Tor Krever (London School of Economics): International Criminal Law: An Ideology Critique. The article engages in an ideology critique of international criminal law texts and discourse in order to interrogate the assumptions undergirding contemporary international criminal law (ICL) scholarship. It argues that the triumphalism surrounding ICL and its adequacy to deal with conflict and violence ignores the factors and forces – including specific international legal interventions in countries’ political economies – that shape or even help establish the environment from which such…

Schwöbel on the Comfort of ICL

Christine Schwöbel’s ‘The Comfort of International Criminal Law’ appears in the latest issue of Law and Critique (July 2013, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 169-191): This paper examines the changing relationship between the disciplines of international criminal law (ICL) and international human rights law; I particularly focus on the associations of the former with comfort and the latter with discomfort. It appears that a shift may be taking place in that ICL is being refashioned from a field enforcing human rights law to one which has assumed an entirely independent status. Indeed, ICL appears to be crowding out international human rights law. The inquiry begins…

CAICL at the IGLP Conference, June 2013

CAICL at the IGLP Conference

CAICL was recently represented at the Institute for Global Law and Policy conference at Harvard Law School.  The conference, ‘New Directions in Global Thought: IGLP at Five’, took place 3-4 June and brought together some 300 scholars from around the world to share their work.   The CAICL panel, convened by Tor Krever, saw a number of CAICL members present their work.  Paul Clark spoke on international criminal spaces, Immi Tallgren on humanity and ICL, Sujith Xavier on TWAIL perspectives on ICL, and Thomas Skouteris on history and ICL. The presentations were followed by a lively discussion.