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Kip Hale
Christopher "Kip" Hale is senior counsel of international criminal and human rights law for a global bar association. Previously, he was a prosecuting attorney in the Office of the Co-Prosecutors at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), and has done legal defense work and advised Judges at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Entries by Kip Hale

Khmer Rouge Tribunal Is a Success, Even If Others Have Trouble Admitting It

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 6:29 AM

The world witnessed a truly momentous event on August 7, 2014, one over 35 years in the making. On a fairly innocuous stretch of land in the outskirts of Phnom Penh, some 500 Cambodian citizens and international dignitaries, monitors, and press packed into a courtroom to hear the

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This #17July, Invest in International Criminal Justice Because #JusticeMatters

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 10:57 AM

July 17 marks International Criminal Justice Day, when the international community reflects on its collective effort to end impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and aggression -- known jointly as international atrocity crimes. The word "atrocity" evokes in us periods of indescribable human devastation, such as...

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Another Hurdle for International Criminal Justice

(6) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 2:18 PM

It has always been a struggle to hold accountable those who participate in genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The power of sovereignty together with centuries of impunity is a formidable foe. Thankfully, the last 70 years has seen the tide turn in favor of international criminal justice, albeit...

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Redefining the Past and Future Fight Against Atrocities

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 3:08 PM

It is truly remarkable when discoveries reshape history. When new information about the past comes to light that helps us better understand and define our collective story. Most importantly, these kinds of discoveries are rewarding not only because they create a more accurate history, but also because they enable us...

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Mr. President, Here Is a Viable Non-Military Option for Syria

(35) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 11:20 AM

Thirteen-centuries-old Syria is on the verge of disintegration. The civil war has unleashed vicious sectarian violence that is tearing the country apart. This internecine bloodletting has already claimed over 100,000 lives, mostly civilians. Over one million children alone have become refugees as their families flee Syria...

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Rethinking Bahrain for Progress in Syria

(7) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 10:09 AM

With the Middle East Awakening, this century witnessed geopolitical jolts that surprised even the most astute and experienced international observers. To be expected, governments around the globe, including the United States (U.S.), were blindsided by these momentous events. It is unsurprising, then, that revolutions in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia today...

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The Price We Must Pay For International Criminal Justice

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 2:30 PM

Within a large convention hall in the suburbs of The Hague, The Netherlands, one of the most important matters in international justice is under debate, and sadly, only the most ardent stakeholders are paying attention. This "matter" is not a decision about the guilt or innocence of an alleged international...

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A Joint Worthy Enterprise

(2) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 9:02 AM

It may come as a surprise to some, but the United Nations-Khmer Rouge Tribunal is working. Over 30 years after Cambodia was left in bloody tatters, the victims of one of the most horrific atrocities in the modern age are finally receiving justice. A look at the tribunal's work to...

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Peace vs. Justice: The Diminishing Importance of Diplomacy with the Emergence of International Justice

(5) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 1:01 PM

"True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice."
-Martin Luther King Jr.

Throughout history, mass atrocities only came to an end through limited means. The scourge of large-scale torture, rape and murder was either stopped by the tireless and creative work...

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ICC Turns Ten: A Measure of Justice

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 10:25 AM

Fortunately, the reason for Memorial Day in the United States is not overlooked. Celebrations tend not to overshadow the fact that this holiday is a day of remembrance for the millions of individuals who serve the United States, and sadly, the millions that have died for the United States. It...

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When the Human Rights Community Is Its Own Worst Enemy

(15) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 2:14 PM

The global fight to uphold respect for international human rights is a daunting job. Governments flagrantly violate human rights on a daily basis -- as do multi-national conglomerates and extremists organizations, who have become the new human rights abusers on the block. International human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are often...

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