Posted on January 27, 2017 3:56 pm
Categories: Legal

Kai Ambos Explains Why Superiors Can Be Held Responsible of Crimes Committed by Subordinates (S)

Kai Ambos, one of the world’s leading experts in international criminal law, explains in an interview with Semana the ICC prosecutor’s warning regarding command responsibility for both army and guerrillas, which should apply in Colombia under the legislative bill for a Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP)  “It is a form of imputation proper to international criminal law that establishes the responsibility of superiors for the crimes of their subordinates if the superiors do not fulfill their obligation to supervise them adequately. The basis of the superior’s responsibility lies in international humanitarian law. The criminalization of the absence of supervision dates back to a famous case that took place after World War II against the Japanese commander in the Philippines, Mr. Yamashita. Semana