The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Research Talent Grant to CICJ researchers Barbora Hola, Catrien Bijleveld, and Lily Rueda for a PhD project on sentencing, complementarity, and peace processes in Colombia.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutes perpetrators of international crimes only if national states are “unable or unwilling” to do so. However, during peace processes perpetrators of such crimes regularly negotiate with those states for minimal or no sanctions. It is unclear if type and severity of sanctions could lead to the ICC determination that a State is “unwilling” to genuinely prosecute. This study, conducted by Lily Rueda and supervised by Barbora Hola and Catrien Bijleveld, will synthesize doctrinal analysis of this ‘complementarity principle’ with empirical analysis of sanctions negotiated during peace processes – focusing on Colombia. The findings aims to contribute to the legal authority of the ICC and provide guidelines for practitioners. As such, it generates a basis for future conclusion of durable peace accords.
The Research Talent Grant is a responsive mode funding scheme, which offers talented and ambitious young researchers a platform to pursue a scientific career and carry out high-quality PhD research. We are excited to be welcoming our new colleague Lily Rueda at the CICJ this September!