News Roundup – 20-27 March 2017

About the author(s):

Katharine Fortin is an Associate Professor at Utrecht University where she teaches IHL and IHRL. Before joining Utrecht University, she worked at the ICTY, ICC and Norton Rose Fulbright. She is the author of The Accountability of Armed Groups under Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2017) which won the 2018 Lieber Prize. She has written widely about the framework of law that applies to armed groups in non-international armed conflicts and is one of the editors of the Armed Groups and International Law blog.

New Crisis Group Report: Counter-terrorism pitfalls – what the US fight against ISIS and Al-Qaida should avoid. 

New Crisis Group Report: Hizbollah’s Syria Conundrum. 

New HRW Report: Pakistan – attacks on schools devastate education. 

International, independent probe of alleged violations in Yemen needed – deputy UN human rights chief. 

UN expresses profound concern about terrible loss of life in Mosul. 

ISIL after Mosul: insurgency and rivalry. 

Marine killed for injured insurgent to learn the fate of his appeal next week. 

Syrian army pushing back insurgent offensive, military source says. 

Taliban offensive forces retreat of US, Afghan forces in key district. 

Body of rebel leader exhumed and displayed in Benghazi, Libya. 

Court awards $1 million for victims of Congolses war lord. 

ICC Trial Chamber II awards victims individual and collective reparations. 

ICC adds one year to Bemba’s conviction for attempted bribery of witnesses. 

MILF releases hundreds of child soldiers as part of action plan with UN. 

Blockade of rebel held east Ukraine to hurt Ukraine economy. 

Some legal blog posts you may have missed….

IHL does not authorise detention in a NIAC: a response to Murray. 

The ‘Command Responsibility’  Controversy in Colombia. 

The evaculation of eastern Aleppo: Humanitarian Obligation or War Crime?  and a reply

Opening the floodgates, controlling the flow: Swedish court rules on the legal capacity of armed groups to establish courts. 

The impact of Morocco’s admission to the African Union on the dispute over Western Sahara. 

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