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Professor Amann Publishes Libya Op-ed in Huffington Post

Professor Diane Marie Amann has published an op-ed in the Huffington Post on the United Nations Security Council's referral of Libya to the International Criminal Court.

Amann writes that Libya's referral is tinged with irony, given that the first African Union resolution condemning the ICC's pursuit of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir occurred at a meeting in Libya, and that Libya is a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which urged the Security Council to act following reports that Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi had ordered military attacks on unarmed, protesting civilians.

Professor Amann writes that it is "to be hoped that the ICC will rise to the ‘test,' to quote Professor William Schabas of the Galway-based Centre for Human Rights; that is, the ICC ‘must inspire confidence in its ability to provide a meaningful, significant, and above all prompt response to the crisis.  If not, today's irony may prove more bitter than sweet."

Diane Marie Amann is Professor of Law at the UC Davis School of Law and Director of the California International Law Center (CILC) at King Hall. 

Huffington Post op-ed