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ICC judges ignored Ongwen's background in guilty verdict. Why it's a mistake

By Kerstin Bree Carlson, Associate Professor International Law, University of Southern Denmark
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The International Criminal Court in The Hague has found Dominic Ongwen guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes in Northern Uganda. The case against Ongwen focused on atrocity crimes committed at four refugee camps in northern Uganda between 2002 and 2005.

The Ongwen case was a massive undertaking, spanning several years, with more than 4,000 recognised victims and nearly 200 witnesses.

It is also an interesting case because of Ongwen’s personal…


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