News Roundup 20 June – 26 June

Talking to the Taliban ‘only way forward’ in Afghanistan Taliban face growing armed resistance across Afghanistan Congolese armed groups react to the deployment of regional force in Eastern DRC DRC: Military escalation with Rwanda devastating for civilians Mali: Guterres ‘shocked and outraged’ by reports of civilian massacres Broken promises: Cameroon’s troubled disarmament initiative Colombia ELN …

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News Roundup 6 June – 12 June

Afghanistan: Taliban Torture Civilians in Panjshir Terrorist groups ‘exploiting power vacuums’, UN chief warns Al-Qaida enjoying a haven in Afghanistan under Taliban, UN warns ‘Great progress’ being made bringing Da’esh/ISIL terrorists to justice, Security Council hears Occupation, discrimination driving Israel-Palestine conflict, recurring violence Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and …

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Book Discussion: Detention by Non-State Armed Groups under International Law

Monday (Today), June 13, 2022, 14h00-15h30 EST /20h00-21h30 CET The Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict invites you to join us for a discussion of Dr. Ezequiel Heffes’ (one of our co-editors) new book, Detention by Non-State Armed Groups under International Law. The book explores the legal regulation of non-State armed groups’ (NSAGs) …

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“Rebel Courts” Book Symposium – Author Response to Contributors

It is both terribly pleasing and terrifying to be invited to have a book symposium around a recent book. A substantive conversation with a group of diverse, insightful, and engaged readers is exactly the kind of exercise that academia should more systematically foster, but in reality most of us are over-solicited in too many different …

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“Rebel Courts” Book Symposium – Rebel Courts and the Rule of Law

Some years ago, when I was doing research on rebel governance, I heard a story about a truck driver going from Syria to Iraq through ISIS-held territory. He paid customs duties to ISIS, and continued on to the area controlled by the Iraqi state. When he reached a government checkpoint, the Iraqi officials honored his …

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“Rebel Courts” Book Symposium – Legality of Rebel Courts? An Assessment of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and the Taliban in Afghanistan

When armed groups in zones of armed conflict succeed in conquering territories and establishing their control thereupon, they often (though not always) proceed to engage in practices of governance (Arjona et al. 2015). As part of their effort at (insurgent) governance, armed groups can opt to intervene in a variety of tasks, such as the provision …

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“Rebel Courts” Book Symposium – Do Rebel Courts Need to be “Established by Law”? The Conundrum of “Regular Constitution”

Article 3 common to the 1949 Geneva Conventions (CA 3) prohibits “[T]he passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court, affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples”. Unfortunately, the 1949 Conventions, including their travaux preparatoires, are silent on what is meant by …

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“Rebel Courts” Book Symposium – Rebel Courts: A Tour de Force

Professor René Provost’s new book Rebel Courts: The Administration of Justice by Armed Insurgents is a must read for anyone dealing with or interested in the topic addressed and with non-State armed groups (NSAGs) more broadly. Its focus on a little-explored facet of rebel governance is primarily normative and conceptual, but is underpinned by a fascinating review …

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