July 7, 2022

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.”

Bringing context to the Russia-Ukraine War

Humanitarian corridors? Sanctions? No-fly zones? Military intervention? On March 10, two weeks after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Pulitzer Center will offer an opportunity to better understand the war and its implications beyond the headlines. The webcast of my discussion with journalists Sarah Topol, Rachel Oswald & Dimiter Kenarov, who all have deep reporting experience […]

Supporting Democracy in Hard Places

It was wonderful to join this event, hosted by The Carnegie Endowment, with Under Secretary Zeya, Scott Worden, Aarya Nijat & Patrick Quirk, moderated by Frances Brown. I underscored that the one non-negotiable aspect of Sudanese democracy is the Sudanese people themselves – but that the international community’s actions put a thumb on the scale […]

Facebook strikes deal in Australia

I spoke with Lana Zak from CBS News about the amendments to the Australian media bargaining code and what Facebook’s news blackout means for its users beyond Australia’s borders. You can access the interview here. I don’t support the law the Australian government is trying to pass – I think there are better ways to […]

Bashir and the ICC

Most of the media got ahead of this story in initial reporting. I spoke with Jen Kirby at Vox about what the Sudanese transitional government’s statement on the ICC means. “Cautious optimism is the name of the game,” Hamilton said. “It’s nowhere near a done deal, but I think the fact that the conversation is happening […]

Bashir is out

Today I spoke with Marco Werman at Public Radio International: “I think one of the challenges for people to understand is that this is not just about who is the individual in charge of Sudan. Sudan’s real challenge and what the protesters have been fighting for is for a state that will actually represent all […]

Burundi Quits International Criminal Court

Last week I spoke to the NYT Africa Bureau Chief, the inimitable Jina Moore, about Burundi’s departure from the ICC: “I think there is an ongoing concern about the court’s ability to work in countries in Africa,” said Rebecca Hamilton, an assistant professor of law at American University who previously worked in the International Criminal […]