Australia’s Office of the Special Investigator: to what extent can victims participate in potential war crimes prosecutions?

Blog | Jan 2022

By Mary Flanagan

An Office of Special Investigator (OSI) is currently undertaking an unprecedented investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel in Afghanistan. The allegations concern unlawful killings, inhuman treatment of prisoners, competition...

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Preliminary Pages

Article | Oct 2021

Asia-Pacific Journal of International Humanitarian Law

2020 Edition

Foreword by Ms. Georgia Hinds, ICRC Regional Legal Adviser in the Pacific Preface by Prof. Rommel J. Casis, Managing Editor

Articles

Deciphering the Landscape of International Humanitarian Law in the Asia-Pacific by Dr. Suzannah Linton Crime and Omission:...

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Nuclear Weapons and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons: an Asia-Pacific Perspective

Blog | Nov 2021

Panelists:

  1. Her Highness, Tan Sri Tunku Putri Intan Safinaz Binti Almarhum Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, Tunku Temenggong Kedah...

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Deciphering the Landscape of International Humanitarian Law in the Asia-Pacific

Article | Oct 2021

By Dr. Suzannah Linton

The 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Geneva Conventions on 12 August 1949 provided an opportunity for reflection on international humanitarian law (IHL). This article continues that reflection and presents some fresh scholarship...

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Laws of the “LAWS”: IHL Remarks on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems

Blog | Jan 2022

By Dr. Ali Masoudi Lamraski

Physically removing weapons users or controllers from the battlefield has been considered the primary driving factor for advancements in military weapons technology. This tendency has led to the so-called “third revolution...

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Crime and Omission: Command Responsibility from Manila to Rome

Article | Oct 2021

By Raphael Lorenzo A. Pangalangan

Philippine criminal law is commonly associated with positive conduct. The powers that be purport that having never ordered extra-judicial killings, liability cannot be incurred therefor. That view is mistaken. It ignores how both...

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Malaysia and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court: A Call for Ratification

Article | Oct 2021

By Kelisiana Thynne and Fiona Barnaby

Malaysia recently withdrew its accession to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court citing constitutional and judicial concerns. This article discusses these concerns and the possible implications of the Rome Statute...

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Gunshot Wound Reporting Legislation in the Asia- Pacific Region: A Need to Ensure Better Consistency with IHL

Article | Oct 2021

By Kelisiana Thynne and Sahar Haroon

This article builds upon a report compiled by the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law entitled, “Legal Opinion on the Obligation of Healthcare Professionals to Report Gunshot Wounds” covering 22 countries. The report...

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The Road to Ongwen: Consolidating Contradictory Child Soldiering Narratives in International Criminal Law

Article | Oct 2021

By Jonathan Kwik

The trial of Dominic Ongwen, an ex-child soldier turned perpetrator, has attracted debate concerning the position of international criminal law (ICL) on perpetrators of war crimes with a complex background of childhood victimization. From some...

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Justice for Syrians Under the International Criminal Court: Applying the Myanmar Model of Territorial Jurisdiction for Cross-Border Crimes

Article | Oct 2021

By Natasha Chabbra

The ongoing civil war in Syria has come at a great cost to the people of Syria who have been subjected to atrocities and violence. To date, there has been limited recourse for crimes against...

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