Should photographing the desecration of the dead qualify as a war crime?
By Anna Oehmichen
This article explores whether desecrating acts committed against a deceased person can or should qualify as a war crime. Using a recent ruling, the author discusses this question and looks at the present legal difficulties in tackling this issue, at both the domestic and international level.
The trial of Colonel Kumar Lama and the future of universal jurisdiction
By Matthew Butt
In 2016 Colonel Kumar Lama was acquitted of two counts of torture after a trial at the Central Criminal Court in London. This article examines some aspects of the trial, considers some recent analysis of the verdicts and briefly considers the future of universal jurisdiction cases in the UK.
Twenty years of the Rome Statute
By Andreja Friškovec
This article examines the evolution of international criminal law from its beginnings in 1872 to the first tribunals to deal with crimes committed during the First and Second World Wars and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
The UNWCC and international criminal justice today
By Leah Owen, Dan Plesch, Richard Wright and Hanns Kendal
This article looks at the impact of the UNWCC – particularly around legal precedent, political will, institutional innovation and technical assistance – which it argues that the have the potential to strengthen the International Criminal Court and modern international criminal law.