This conversation covers:
• The challenge of proving genocidal intent at the ICJ and how Gambia might successfully argue its case within the narrow limits of the Court’s case law
• Debates about what Myanmar’s compliance with the provisional measures order of 23 January requires
• The importance of treating the ICJ litigation as part of a broader campaign aimed at vindicating the rights of the Rohingya
Former ICJ Associate Legal Officer and PhD scholar at Cambridge U. Michael A. Becker shared his expert views on the various aspects of The Gambia vs Myanmar case at the ICJ, driving home his original message of a legal challenge at the ICJ not as a cure-all remedy for the Rohingyas but rather as a tool in a broader multifaceted global strategy to end the genocide and facilitate the restoration of Rohingyas basic rights and citizenship in Myanmar.
Michael A. Becker is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Trinity College Dublin, where he lectures on public international law. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Yale Law School in the United States, and is in the final stages of completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge on the topic of international commissions of inquiry and fact-finding missions. Especially relevant for our conversation on the FRC Genocide Podcast Series, Mike spent four years as an Associate Legal Officer at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, and has written extensively about the Court. He spoke to podcast series host (English) Dr Maung Zarni from Carlow, Ireland.