Just a quick post on a news story I think is pretty important…Thomas Lubanga, a warlord from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has been sentenced to 14 years for war crimes. Lubanga was the first person sentenced by the International Criminal Court, and his crimes include the enlisting and conscripting of child soldiers. If you would like to learn more about this case, you can visit the International Criminal Court’s webpage, The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo.
While this is not a European news story, this does relate to some of my major research and teaching interests: ethnic politics and international organizations & law. While it is unlikely that this case will help resolve any of the issues that contribute to the ongoing violence in the Congo, it does establish some important precedence in international law and moves the ICC further on its institutional development.