CICJ researcher Barbora Holá awarded Vidi grant

Dr. Barbora Holá, co-director of CICJ and Senior Researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement was awarded a Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros for a project entitled ‘From the Past Back to the Future: Intergenerational legacies of mass atrocities’. Mass atrocities committed during genocides, wars and state repressions have…

Online guest lecture Carla Ferstman 25 November on victim reparations

On 25 November at 14:30 CET, CICJ will host an online guest lecture by Dr. Carla Ferstman entitled ‘Reparation “for” victims in interstate proceedings: the challenges and prospects for the ICJ to advance victims’ rights’. Nowadays, victims of international crimes are granted various substantive and procedural rights under international law. Nevertheless, precise contours of their…

Prosecuting asylum-seekers for their ‘own’ smuggling: scafisti in Sicily

From 2015–2018, as a standard operating procedure, roughly 1,300 “captains” and navigators – scafisti (literally: smugglers by boat) – of small dinghies with migrants arriving in Italy have been arrested for suspicion of “aiding clandestine (or irregular) immigration”. Most scafisti are migrants themselves and there are strong indications that they were forced to steer or navigate the boat. In…

The opening statement in the MH-17 trial: what lies beyond the horizon?

On 9 March 2020, the Dutch Prosecution made its opening statement in the much anticipated MH-17 Trial, dealing with the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH-17 over eastern Ukraine and the deaths of its 298 passengers.  In a recent contribution to the EJIL:Talk! blog, CICJ’s Lachezar Yanev offers some critical thoughts on the legal reasoning that the Prosecutor provided in…