“Try them all” – can Lebanese politicians be tried at the International Criminal Court?


BEIRUT: Few days following a nuclear-like explosion in Beirut, Lebanese citizens have returned to the streets demanding accountability. Clashes between protestors and riot police have turned extremely violent as the political class fears its annihilation. Countless Lebanese people have filled social media with a new demand this time: an independent international investigation of the explosion, and a trial at the International Criminal Court for the perpetrators.

BEIRUT: Few days following a nuclear-like explosion in Beirut, Lebanese citizens have returned to the streets demanding accountability. Clashes between protestors and riot police have turned extremely violent as the political class fears its annihilation. Countless Lebanese people have filled social media with a new demand this time: an independent international investigation of the explosion, and a trial at the International Criminal Court for the perpetrators.

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon


Lebanon has had a long history of conflict and politically motivated foreign intervention. Such is the case with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) where politics and law intertwine. This international court has its origins in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafic Al-Hariri on February 14th, 2005. That was an era of political instability. The assassination of our former PM not only shook our world but the international world as well.

Lebanon has had a long history of conflict and politically motivated foreign intervention. Such is the case with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) where politics and law intertwine. This international court has its origins in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafic Al-Hariri on February 14th, 2005. That was an era of political instability. The assassination of our former PM not only shook our world but the international world as well.

قانون قيصر


ما لقيصر لأميركا… في خطوات فرملة إمكانية إعادة إعمار سوريا تحت شعارات حماية المدنيين دخل قانون قيصر حيّز التنفيذ. قانون كانت عدسة المصوّر قيصر التي التقطت وجوه السجناء مصدر إلهامه لفرض عقوبات إقتصادية وسياسية على الحكومة السوريّة وكلّ ما يرتبط بها ويرتبط بمحاولة إنعاشها اقتصاديا. وعلى أساس الجار قبل الدار، أين تكمن انعكاسات قيصر على لبنان؟

ما لقيصر لأميركا… في خطوات فرملة إمكانية إعادة إعمار سوريا تحت شعارات حماية المدنيين دخل قانون قيصر حيّز التنفيذ. قانون كانت عدسة المصوّر قيصر التي التقطت وجوه السجناء مصدر إلهامه لفرض عقوبات إقتصادية وسياسية على الحكومة السوريّة وكلّ ما يرتبط بها ويرتبط بمحاولة إنعاشها اقتصاديا. وعلى أساس الجار قبل الدار، أين تكمن انعكاسات قيصر على لبنان؟

Syrian Refugees Living in Tents in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley

‘Refugees’ in Lebanon: Future Citizens?


It is perhaps one of the world’s greatest ironies that the state with the highest proportion of refugees does not actually recognize them as refugees. The Republic of Lebanon has one refugee for every four citizens and has a refugee population density of about 244 per square kilometer (greater than the density of most states), yet it has never signed an international treaty to give these ‘refugees’ any recognition or any rights. There is a similar lack of local law to govern the matter. As harsh realities fly in the face of a purposeful lack of legislation, will the law eventually enforce its own reality or will our current reality enforce its own future laws? Shall these displaced populations one day become Lebanese citizens?

It is perhaps one of the world’s greatest ironies that the state with the highest proportion of refugees does not actually recognize them as refugees. The Republic of Lebanon has one refugee for every four citizens and has a refugee population density of about 244 per square kilometer (greater than the density of most states), yet it has never signed an international treaty to give these ‘refugees’ any recognition or any rights. There is a similar lack of local law to govern the matter. As harsh realities fly in the face of a purposeful lack of legislation, will the law eventually enforce its own reality or will our current reality enforce its own future laws? Shall these displaced populations one day become Lebanese citizens?

Lebanon Law Review | Carlos Ghosn

Carlos Ghosn: un fugitif de la justice ou pour la Justice?


Résumé Tout Etat de droit, à travers son système judiciaire, cherche à trouver la paix sociale voulue par la justice. Certaines approches sont plus au moins souples, d’autres plus sévères de ce qui est de la sanction du délinquant. Et si le Droit et depuis l’école romaine – du moins aujourd’hui – parait plus « complet », […]