A New Paradigm of Customary International Criminal Law: The UN War Crimes Commission of 1943–1948 and its Associated Courts and Tribunals (2014)

Dan Plesch & Shanti Sattler Criminal Law Forum, 25 (1-2). pp. 17-43. OpenAccess version here. This article focuses on the United Nations War Crimes Commission’s significant contribution to the development of customary international criminal law defined by the development of international legal standards and proceedings to combat impunity and promote justice. It draws on theContinue reading “A New Paradigm of Customary International Criminal Law: The UN War Crimes Commission of 1943–1948 and its Associated Courts and Tribunals (2014)”

The Relevance of the United Nations War Crimes Commission to the Prosecution of Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes Today (2014)

Dan Plesch, Susana Sácouto, & Chante Lasco Criminal Law Forum, 25 (1-2). pp. 349-381. Online version not available.

The South and Disarmament at the UN (2016)

Dan Plesch Third World Quarterly, 37 (7). pp. 1203-1218 OpenAccess version here. The article analyses the global South‘s role in disarmament. It offers the evidence of a customarily ignored Southern agency in UN processes and suggests that the work of the later Hans Morgenthau explains both this agency and contrary state policies. The article looks at theContinue reading “The South and Disarmament at the UN (2016)”

The United Nations: Managing and Re-shaping a New World Order (2020)

Amitav Acharaya & Dan Plesch Global Governance, 26 (2). pp. 221-235 OpenAccess version here. …One should not wait for these challenges to imperil the world to the point of no return before reviving it and strengthening it in the face of the current attack from populists and “patriots” (to use Trump’s words). At the sameContinue reading “The United Nations: Managing and Re-shaping a New World Order (2020)”

1945’s Lesson: ‘Good-Enough’ Global Governance Ain’t Good Enough (2015)

Dan Plesch & Tom Weiss Global Governance, 21 (2). pp. 197-204. OpenAccess version here. The 70th anniversary of the signing and entry into force of the UN Charter should call attention to the historical underpinnings of contemporary global governance. Today’s fashion of “good-enough” global governance abandons the strategy of constructing robust intergovernmental organizations; and it is not good enough, especiallyContinue reading “1945’s Lesson: ‘Good-Enough’ Global Governance Ain’t Good Enough (2015)”

The Long Road to Paris: The History of the Global Climate Change Regime (2019)

Julia Kreienkamp’s Policy Brief at the Global Governance Institute at UCL from November 2019 available here for free download. Abstract The adoption of the 2015 Paris Agreement has been widely celebrated as a ‘monumental triumph’ (UN News 2015). It enshrines a ‘new logic’ of global cooperation, representing a decisive shift away from the top-down regulatory approach thatContinue reading “The Long Road to Paris: The History of the Global Climate Change Regime (2019)”