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Mr Abbas Goes to New York?

Author: Mike Hanini. Source: Hanini.org

When the United Nations General Assembly voted on 29 November 2012 to grant the Palestinian Authority (PA) non-member observer state status, the reaction of many of the most ardent and long-term critics of Israeli settler-colonialism was derisive. The arguments are entirely persuasive: this was a symbolic move by a desperate regime in Ramallah who has…

Recasting an agenda for peace

The International Criminal Court (ICC) celebrated its ten-year anniversary last summer. During its first decade of life, both the shadow and the actuality of international justice in the form of investigation, trial, and judgment have become a central feature of many conflicts, ongoing and concluded. Nearly a decade before the ICC opened its doors, South…

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at SOAS Department of Politics and International Studies

The Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS, University of London, is accepting applications from candidates for a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship. Innovative and theoretically-grounded projects in the Politics of Asia, Africa and/or the Middle East; International Relations Theory and Global Politics; Conflict, Rights and Justice; Comparative Political Thought; Energy Security; Migration and Diaspora…

Iran’s Window for Nuclear Diplomacy Closing

Although attention in the West remains focused on Iran’s nuclear program, talk among the Iranian elite has already turned toward Iranian presidential elections that could have a major impact on the current diplomatic impasse and the Islamic Republic’s relations with the United States. On a just-concluded visit to Tehran, I talked to dozens of current…

Vacancies in the Politics Department: Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Reader in International Political Economy

Lecturer salary: £32,558-£46,471 p.a inclusive of London Allowance Senior Lecturer/Reader salary: £48,075-£55,367 p.a inclusive of London Allowance The Department of Politics and International Studies seeks to make an appointment in International Political Economy (IPE) from September 2013. Particular subfield is open, but candidates with significant expertise in Asia, Africa and/or the Middle East, including an…

Vacancies in the Politics Department: Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Reader in International Relations

Lecturer salary: £32,558-£46,471 p.a inclusive of London Allowance Senior Lecturer/Reader salary: £48,075-£55,367 p.a inclusive of London Allowance The Department of Politics and International Studies seeks to make an appointment in International Relations (IR) from September 2013. Particular subfield is open, but the Department has needs in Foreign Policy Analysis, Environmental Politics, and/or Quantitative Methods. Candidates…

Justice without Lawyers: Rwanda’s Gacaca Courts phenomenon

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In June 2012, Rwanda completed the most comprehensive post-conflict justice programme attempted anywhere in the world. Over the last decade, 11,000 community-based Gacaca courts, overseen by locally-elected judges and barring any participation by lawyers, have prosecuted around 400,000 suspected perpetrators of the 1994 genocide. Nearly every Rwandan adult has participated in Gacaca in some way,…

Is the International Criminal Court Following the Flag in Mali?

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  Only five days after the French launched a military attack on Islamic militants in Mali’s Northern region, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda opened a formal investigation into alleged crimes committed in Mali. This decision reinforces the ICC’s emerging (if informal) role as an instrument of coercive diplomacy. Bensouda’s words suggest the same. “Justice” she writes, “can play…