Rogier Bartels

Rogier is a researcher at the Netherlands Defence Academy (NLDA) and works at the Dutch National Prosecutor’s Office. He holds LL.M-degrees from Utrecht University and the University of Nottingham. Before taking up his current positions, he was an associate legal officer in Chambers at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and a legal adviser at the International Humanitarian Law Division of the Netherlands Red Cross. Rogier is an adjunct-lecturer at the Hague University of Applied Sciences, where he teaches international humanitarian law, and he co-convenes the Hague Initiative for Law and Armed Conflict.

News Roundup – 14-20 December 2015

As FARC prepares to demobilize, neo-paramilitaries settle in rebel territory Spain Police Arrest Alleged FARC Rebel for Forced Abortions   Shiite Muslim Sect Alleges Massacre by Nigeria’s Military   CAR Rebel Leader Declares Autonomous Muslim State   Libya’s Rival Factions Sign Deal for Unity Government, but At least 14 killed in clashes in Libya’s Ajdabiya …

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The organisation(al) requirement under IHL and ICL

In the past, Katharine and I have addressed the organisational or organisation requirement that forms part of the (lower) threshold criteria (of intensity and organisation) for the existence of a non-international armed conflict on the blog (see here and here). For the purposes of the International Criminal Court, crimes against humanity also have an organisation …

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Congratulations Dr Katharine!

I am very proud to announce that Katharine today (I just left the celebraties drinks held afterwards) successfully defended her PhD! She defended her thesis in the beautiful “Senate Hall” of Utrecht University and was awarded a cum laude (which is very rarely given in the Netherlands) doctor degree for her thesis on “The Accountability …

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The 2015 edition of the Bruges Colloquium on IHL will deal with “Urban Warfare” and take place on 15-16 October 2015

The 16th edition of the Bruges Colloquium on International Humanitarian Law will take place on 15-16 October 2015 and will deal with “Urban Warfare”. The ICRC and the College of Europe have, as they do every year, put together a very interesting programme. An excellent reason to visit Bruges, where you combine attending a high-level …

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News Roundup – 15-23 August 2015

There’s been an ominous spike in violence in northern Mali Militia in northern Mali battles Tuaregs in threat to peace talks U.N. deploys troops around northern Mali town after clashes Tobruk-based Libya government calls for airstrikes on IS-held city IS ‘beheads’ 12 in battle for Libya’s Sirte At the ICC, Congolese warlord Lubanga denies witness …

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News Roundup – 1-8 August 2015

Jailed FARC rebels call for amnesty in Colombia ‘Soviet Taliban’ convicted in US over Afghan attack 13 killed after gunmen take foreigners hostage in deadly Mali hotel attack Nigeria Boko Haram crisis: Army rescues 178 people Burundi: How rebel touts manipulate young men toward armed conflict Sudan says willing to suspend verdicts against rebels who …

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News Roundup – 18-24 July 2015

IRIN News: Why peace won’t be enough in Colombia Turkey carries out first ever airstrikes against ISIS in Syria.  UN asks ICC to investigate destruction of Mali mausoleums More People Flee To Mauritania To Escape Insecurity In Northern Mali More than 50 dead in suspected Boko Haram attacks in Cameroon and Nigeria Op-Ed: ‘Recent attacks …

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News Roundup – 4-10 July 2015

Colombia arrests 15 alleged rebel collaborators in investigation of bomb blasts in capital Colombia threatens to end peace talks with FARC rebels Colombia government and FARC exchange blame over talks Islamist group Ansar Dine claims multiple attacks in Mali Boko Haram offers to swap kidnapped girls for detainees Nigeria struck by new wave of Boko …

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News Roundup – 24-27 June 2015

Human Rights Watch report on Colombian conflict: On Their Watch: Evidence of Senior Army Officers’ Responsibility for False Positive Killings in Colombia Gunmen attack military camp near Mauritania border UN: DRC Rebel Group Weakened in Joint Operation On the World Policy Blog: Reintegrating Boko Haram UN Libya envoy meets with armed groups in support of …

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