Insider witnesses and international criminal justice: Empirical analysis

A new publication by the CICJ/NSCR researchers Gabriele Chlevickaite, Barbora Hola, and Catrien Bijleveld in the European Journal of Criminology presents the results of large-scale systematic analysis of insider witness assessments at international criminal courts and tribunals. Based on the analysis of 1,359 individual witnesses in 93 trial judgments, the article uncovers what factors play…

Balancing ‘the International’ and ‘the Domestic’: Sanctions & ICC complementarity

CICJ researchers Beatriz Mayans Hermida and Barbora Holá, recently published the article “Balancing ‘the International’ and ‘the Domestic’: Sanctions under the ICC Principle of Complementarity” in the Journal of International Criminal Justice. In the article, the authors look into the sentencing of international crimes at the domestic level,  the role that they play in the…

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…

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…