February 5, 2023

Platform-Enabled Crimes

B.C. L. Rev (2022). Online intermediaries are omnipresent. Each day, across the globe, the corporations that run these platforms execute policies and practices that serve their profit model, typically by sustaining user engagement. Sometimes, these seemingly banal business activities enable principal perpetrators to commit crimes; yet online intermediaries are almost never held to account for […]

Governing the Global Public Square

Harv. Int’l L. J. (2021). Social media platforms are the public square of our era – a reality that has been entrenched by the widespread closure of physical public spaces in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. And this online space is global in nature, with over 2.5 billion users worldwide. Its governance does not fall […]

User-Generated Evidence

Rebecca Hamilton, User-Generated Evidence, Col. J. Transnat’l L. (2018) Around the world, people are using their smartphones to document atrocities. Smartphone apps designed to allow Users to record material that will meet evidentiary standards are now freely available. User-Generated Evidence is the first Article to address this important development in international criminal law. It identifies three […]

Justice for Ukraine

I had the chance to speak frankly about the limits of international criminal law for this article on justice in Ukraine. “Ukraine may be the best-case scenario for what international criminal accountability can offer … And yet, for many survivors it may still not be good enough.” Read the article here.

Crowdsourcing Digital War Crimes Evidence

Thanks to the Washington Lawyer magazine for covering my work on Crowdsourcing Digital War Crimes Evidence. Unfortunately the topic is all too timely. Read the magazine article here &/or to check out my scholarship in this area take a look at User-Generated Evidence.

War crimes investigations

It was wonderful to have more than “sound bite” time to help explain war crimes investigations in Ukraine on CNN. Thanks to anchor Jessica Dean and the CNN team for the preparation they put into this segment.

What is a war crime?

Thanks to NBC News Now for the chance to give a pretty lengthy explainer on what war crimes are and how to prosecute them. While the focus was on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we also had the chance to touch on the ICC’s as-yet unexecuted arrest warrant for the Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir.

How could Russia’s Putin be prosecuted for war crimes in Ukraine?

The surge of attention to accountability for war crimes in Ukraine is leading journalists to work on translating the legalese of international criminal law for a mainstream audience. I spoke to Reuters for this explainer of the nuts and bolts of a war crimes prosecution.

‘They Keep Killing Us’: Violence Rages in Sudan’s Darfur Two Decades On

I spoke with Abdi Latif Dahir, who deserves credit for getting this major story on Darfur reported out as media attention focuses squarely on Ukraine. As I told him: “The world has forgotten about Darfur once again.”

Prosecuting Putin for Going to War

With Ryan Goodman Russian President Vladimir Putin bears responsibility for many international crimes committed by his forces in Ukraine. But one of these crimes preceded all the others: the crime of aggression. Aggression is the resort to war in violation of the United Nations Charter. And it is a crime that can be committed only […]