Humanitarian organizations and international criminal tribunals, or trying to square the circle

The fact that international criminal tribunals have become operational has undoubtedly changed the face of the global humanitarian environment. Humanitarian organizations face a very difficult dilemma: on the one hand they cannot ignore the important role of international criminal prosecution, while on the other they are reluctant to put their operations in the field at risk by being seen to co-operate in judicial proceedings. Furthermore, a categorical refusal to co-operate could lead to their being compelled to testify.

About the author

Anne-Marie La Rosa
International consultant on global governance

Anne-Marie La Rosa, PhD, DES, LLB, is a former Senior Officer of the International Labour Organization and the ICRC. She teaches and has published extensively in international humanitarian law, international criminal law and transitional justice, including on processes related to the missing.