Katharine Fortin

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.

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Congo denounces insurgency as Rwandan army invasion. International Criminal Court issues first sentence. Taliban commander: we cannot win the war and Al-Qaida is a plague.

Thomas Lubango Dyilo is sentenced to 14 years, as M23 advances on Goma

 Yesterday, the International Criminal Court handed down its Decision on Sentence pursuant to Article 76 of the Statute in the trial of Prosecutor v Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. The sentencing judgment follows the court’s Judgment dated 14 March 2012 in which it found Thomas Lubanga Dyilo guilty, as a co-perpetrator, of the charges of conscripting and enlisting …

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DR Congo rebels advance on Goma. Syrian rebels show ‘huge growth’ in capability. Dozens killed including 6 U.S. troops in insurgent attacks in Afghanistan.

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Congo rebels capture mineral transit town. Rebels chase Congo troops as fighting kills UN peacekeeper. Army takes rebel stronghold: battle in Damascus. Philippine communist rebels free 3 gold mining employees abducted in country’s south. Congo rebels offer peace talks with government. Congo issues arrest warrant for warlord Ntaganda. First ICC sentence against Congo militia boss. …

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Another civilian killed by ‘armed group’ in Papua. British police arrest 2 suspected members of basque armed group ETA, on the run from Spain. Al Qaida inspired group claim dozens of attacks across Syria. Nigerian rebels swap weapons for welding. France’s Hollande urges more Syria sanctions, rebel support. UN threatens sanctions for Mali rebels, but …

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Syria’s Maturing Insurgency: ISW Report

In June 2012, the Institute for the Study of War published a comprehensive report into the structure and strength of Syria’s insursency. The report, Syria’s Maturing Insurgency, examines the increasing effectiveness of Syria’s armed opposition which it numbers at 40,000. The report makes particularly interesting reading when analysing the fighting in Syria in relation to whether …

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Rebels must unite for Syria’s sake. Mali protests rebel occupation of the north. Colombia rebel attack kills five at oil plant. Syria pummels rebels as battered city collects bodies. International court takes on Boko Haram.

Why Mali should immediately sign the 1999 Second Protocol to the Hague Convention of 1954 for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict:

In May 2012, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Africa travelled to Bamako to meet with government representatives about steps that might be taken to protect Mali’s cultural heritage. Already then the ancient city of Timbuktu was under the control of Islamic rebels who were threatening to destroy the city’s ancient heritage. Together, the government and UNESCO agreed …

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Navi Pillay refers Syria’s case to International Criminal Court.  Sudanese troops clash with rebels. 

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Syrian rebels call Cairo summit a conspiracy. More evidence of Rwanda’s rebel support. Fresh clashes between Sudanese army and rebels in Blue Nile.