Journal Article

Doing Justice for the Liberian Victims of Mass Atrocity

Olympia Bekou

in Journal of International Criminal Justice

Volume 13, issue 2, pages 219-227
Published in print May 2015 | ISSN: 1478-1387
Published online March 2015 | e-ISSN: 1478-1395 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jicj/mqv006
Doing Justice for the Liberian Victims of Mass Atrocity

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The article takes the Belgian universal jurisdiction case against Martina Johnson, recently arrested for her alleged involvement in the Liberian civil war, as an example to analyse non-governmental organization (NGO) involvement in the processes of international criminal justice in general and universal jurisdiction in particular. According to the author, NGOs (still) play a significant role in ‘litigating universal jurisdiction’ and fill a gap when states, either territorial or those able to take action on grounds of universal jurisdiction, fail to do so. In this regard, they not only act as advocates in support for international criminal justice, but also play a key role as ‘service providers’, in particular by furnishing information necessary to launch an investigation and acting as ‘evidence gatherers’. In addition, they play an important role in bringing the message of justice back to the affected communities.

Journal Article.  3958 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law ; International Law ; International Criminal Law ; International Humanitarian Law ; Transnational Crime

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