Dominic Ongwen: The ICC’s poster and problem child

Thijs B. Bouwknegt, Barbora Holá

Research output: Working paper/discussion paperWeb articleScientific


Last week, the International Criminal Court (ICC) heard the closing arguments in the trial of Ugandan Dominic Ongwen, five years after his first appearance. In no other ICC trial have case narratives been so opposite, morally complex and riddled with paradoxes, say historian Thijs Bouwknegt and criminologist Barbora Holá, who describe how the Ongwen saga seems “both the ICC’s success story and antithesis of what it stands for and fights against”.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherFondation Hirondelle
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2020


  • ICC
  • International Justice
  • opinion
  • Dominic Ongwen


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