Guido Acquaviva

Senior Legal Officer

Dr Guido Acquaviva is Senior Legal Officer at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (Chambers). Prior to that, he worked at the ICTY as a Legal Officer. Dr Acquaviva has lectured at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, at the LLM in International Crime and Justice at UNICRI, University of Turin, and at the University of Milan – Bicocca, and has published extensively on public international law and international criminal law.

  • Debate: The role of international criminal justice in fostering compliance with international humanitarian law

    The Review invited two practitioners to share their perspectives on the concrete effects of international criminal justice on fostering compliance with international humanitarian law. Chris Jenks questions the “general deterrence” role of international criminal justice, contending that the influence of complicated and often prolonged judicial proceedings on the ultimate behaviour of military commanders and soldiers is limited. Guido Acquaviva agrees that “general deterrence”, if interpreted narrowly, is the wrong lens through which to be looking at international criminal justice. However, he disagrees that judicial decisions are not considered by military commanders, and argues that it is not the individual role of each court or tribunal that matters; rather, it is their overall contribution to an ever more comprehensive system of accountability that can ultimately foster better compliance with international humanitarian law.