Professor John Cerone participated in a live Arabic interview on Al Jazeera following the recent criminal investigations initiated in Germany into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria, based on a set of photos smuggled out by "Caesar."
Creone discussed the legal and practical obstacles to prosecution in third countries, including obtaining custody of the accused, access to the evidence, and possible immunities via an Arabic translator.
Earlier this year, John Cerone, the Paul Martin Senior Professor in International Affairs & Law, was awarded a Nobel Fellowship to pursue his research on disarmament, with a focus on accountability for the use of chemical weapons. Professor Cerone spent the first half of the summer as a Fellow at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, where he presented his research to a group of experts at a high-level seminar.
Professor John Cerone will be speaking on the legal and political obstacles to accountability for the use of chemical weapons in Syria on June 15 at the Stockholm Center for International Law and Justice.
Professor John Cerone was interviewed on Fox 25 WFXT television regarding the European Court of Human Rights judgment rendered last week in relation to the Russian response to the Beslan terrorist attack. The Court found that Russia was responsible for a number of violations of the European Convention. Russia rejected the judgment and said that it would appeal.
Professor John Cerone was interviewed by Al Jazeera English on April 12. In the interview, he discussed the judgment by the European Court of Human Rights in relation to the Beslan attack. He discussed the reviewability of judgments of the European court of human rights, and the balancing act required of states under human rights law in preventing and responding to abuses perpetrated by nonstate actors, such as the Beslan terrorists.
Professor John Cerone was interviewed by Al Jazeera April 4. The topic was the latest Chemical weapons attack in Syria. He discussed the criminalization of chemical weapons use in internal armed conflicts, the political and practical obstacles to prosecutions, the recent openings of investigations in Austria and Spain, as well as the newly established special investigative task force created by the UN General Assembly to document and preserve evidence of international crimes being committed in Syria.
Professor John Cerone discussed legal and political obstacles to accountability for the use of chemical weapons in the Syria conflict, from the timing of Syria’s accession to the chemical weapons to the political configuration of the permanent members of the Security Council in a live Al Jezeera interview on September 28.