In trying to stop conflict and save lives, do we prioritize peace or justice? Do we try to get Joseph Kony or Moammar Gadhafi behind bars, or do we let them slink into luxurious retirement in exchange for a quicker peace deal? Are criminal trials at the International Criminal Court (ICC) the paragon of justice? Or should international efforts be directed to facilitate local reconciliation ceremonies, national truth-telling processes, or reparations to victims? Such questions reinvigorate age-old debates in international politics: What rules lead to a sustainable peace? And can such rules be applied fairly, so they bind the strong as well as the weak?

Over the next two weeks, the Canadian International Council, in collaboration with the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, will host a series of articles discussing these issues. More…


Holding officials to account for human rights violations was once unimaginable. Today it is commonplace. An interview with Professor Kathryn Sikkink on what has changed. More...


In Uganda, Sudan and Libya, the International Criminal Court (ICC) closed off space for peace negotiations. Dr. Leslie Vinjamuri explains why the ICC must tread carefully. More...

Interactive Graphic

Since the ICC came into existence in 2002, it has opened seven official investigations, all of them in Africa. This interactive map details each one. More...


Dr. Vinjamuri, along with Doug Saunders and Max Boot, argue that the ICC backed Gadhafi into a corner. But Mark Kersten isn’t so sure. More...


In the aftermath of Kenya’s violent elections, the ICC took on six officials. The University of Ottawa’s Stephen Brown takes on the ICC four years later. More...


When it comes to international justice, no Canadian has done more than Louise Arbour. Her conversation with Stephen Toope. More...


There’s warfare and then there’s lawfare. Alana Tiemessen looks at the contradiction of replacing acts of war with acts of law. More...


Later his month, Charles Taylor will be sentenced for war crimes. Valerie Oosterveld looks at what his trial means for women in Sierra Leone and beyond. More...


General Butt Naked. Rosalind Raddatz profiles a man with a funny name, a horrid past and a desire to make amends. More...


East Timor is one of the world’s newest countries. Simon Collard-Wexler examines how it is struggling to balance accountability for the past with stability in the future. More...


Last year, after 22 years of civil war, South Sudan became the world's newest state and, for the first time in a generation, things looked to be on the upswing. Not so anymore, writes The Fate of Sudan author John Young. More...


Kony2012 shone the international light back on Northern Uganda. Lara Rosenoff Gauvin reflects on what is happening there. More...


Libya, Kenya, Liberia… Canada? Kim Stanton reflects on Canada’s own Truth and Reconciliation Commission. More...

In the series


Truth and Reconciliation in Canada

Actions speak louder than apologetic words says Kim Stanton.

The Investigations of the ICC

The Court has opened 7 investigations - all in Africa. An interactive map detailing each.

The ICC in Libya: Beyond Peace vs. Justice

Mark Kersten isn’t sure the ICC registered with Gadhafi.

Transitional Justice As Subterfuge

Stephen Brown considers the ICC's case in Kenya, four years on.

Louise Arbour on the ICC, Peace and Justice

Louise Arbour in conversation with Stephen Toope.

The Paradox of Lawfare

Alana Tiemessen looks at the contradiction of replacing acts of war with acts of law.

Gender Justice and the Charles Taylor Judgement

Today, Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Why this is significant for women, from our Peace V. Justice series.

A General Seeks Absolution

General Butt Naked claims to have traded guns for God. But many Liberians are skeptical.

Timor-Leste: So Much for Victor’s Justice?

Ten years after independence, the country struggles with past wrongs.

Sudan and the Failure of Liberal Peacemaking

Peace cannot be imposed top-down contends John Young.

Naked Dissent in Northern Uganda

There's more to justice than capturing Kony.