'The ICJ’s judgment affirms that all 151 states parties to the CAT may insist on performance of obligations under the Convention, even if the alleged torture occurred before the applicant state joined the Convention and even if the alleged torturer or victims have no connection with the applicant state. This holding therefore allows more states to act to ensure accountability worldwide for acts of torture.'
International Court of Justice, The Hague
– IntLawGrrls contributor and Southern Illinois University Law Professor Cindy Galway Buys (left), in an ASIL Insight entitled "Belgium v. Senegal: The International Court of Justice Affirms the Obligation to Prosecute or Extradite Hissène Habré Under the Convention Against Torture." In it, Cindy provides a detailed analysis of the decision, issued this past July, in which the International Court of Justice held that Senegal had breached its obligation, as a state party to the Convention Against Torture, to extradite or prosecute a former Chadian dictator who'd taken refuge in 1990 in Dakar. Prior IntLawGrrls posts on the decision and consequent events here and here.