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“Rebel Courts” Book Symposium – The Prosecution of Conflict-related Offences by Courts of Armed Groups

René Provost’s latest book, Rebel Courts, addresses the numerous legal issues surrounding courts established by non-state armed groups in armed conflict. Combining a legal pluralistic methodology with field work and case studies, Provost’s analysis of rebel courts ranges from the legality of their establishment, to the applicable law and due process guarantees, to the recognition of …

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“Rebel Courts” Book Symposium – The Paradoxical Recognition of Rebel Rule

Are the courts administered by rebel groups, the people who participate in them, and the decisions made in them, recognizable by other legal venues, such as states or international courts, whose legitimacy is rarely questioned? René Provost takes up these questions in the fourth part of his book, Rebel Courts: The Administration of Justice by Armed …

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“Rebel Courts” Book Symposium – Discipline and Order

Timbuktu is a 2014 Franco-Mauritanian film set in the iconic Malian city. This is a repressed Timbuktu, however, a space occupied by the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (NMLA). The NMLA fought the Malian government in the north of the country. This jihadist movement, linked to Al Qaeda, imposed through its Ansar Dine (a …

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Book symposium “Rebel Courts: The Administration of Justice by Armed Groups”: Introduction

A facet of the current war in Ukraine that has attracted less attention, understandably so in the circumstances, concerns transitional justice in Donetsk and Luhansk if Ukraine is able to fully repel Russian forces and regain control of all its national territory. Both Donetsk and Luhansk are self-proclaimed ‘people’s republics’ that have had de facto …

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State Responsibility and Rebels – an interview with Kathryn Greenman

In this interview, Katharine Fortin talks to Kathryn Greenman about her new book ‘State Responsibility for Rebels: The History and Legacy of Protecting Investment Against Revolution’ (2021, CUP). The interview will be of interest to scholars working on State responsibility (particularly 9 and 10 of the ARSIWA), investment law, (critical) history of international law and …

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Armed Conflict is not the Only Emergency: Armed Groups, Climate Change and Emergency Governance

The reach of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years has been indiscriminate. The pandemic has swept throughout the world, from peaceful countries to countries embroiled in armed conflict and areas under the control of armed groups. Like States, some armed groups have responded to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic by imposing lockdowns, …

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Three birds with one stone: the potential of special agreements to vaccinate in non-international armed conflicts

Since their development, the administration of vaccine doses is the main tool combating the further spread of the COVID-19 virus. Currently, roughly 4,5 billion people in the world have been fully vaccinated. Strikingly, most of these vaccines are administered in high- and upper-middle-income countries leaving out the most vulnerable populations in conflict regions. Missing critical …

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Let’s talk about policy: non-State armed groups and international environmental law 

In recent years, legal scholars have sought to answer the question of whether, and if so how, non-State armed groups (NSAGs) are bound by international human rights law (IHRL). In the same vein, however, it remains unexplored whether NSAGs have obligations under international environmental law (IEL). This gap was addressed by Thibaud de La Bourdonnaye, …

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Teaching legal blogging and a student blog symposium on AGIL

Between 14th March – 1st April, I taught a short four-session (1 hr 45 mins each) course entitled Armed Groups and International Law in which the assessment type was legal blogging. The course fitted into our capita selecta period of teaching on the public international law LLM at Utrecht. During this period, students are able …

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New report on the Judiciary System of the Autonomous Administration

Last week, Omran Center for Strategic Studies published the English translation of a detailed report on the judicial system of the Autonomous Administration in North and East Syria (originally published in Arabic in August 2021). Below, you can find the Omran Center’s description of the report and the full version can be found here. As …

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