Mitigation of Dominic Ongwen’s sentence: Gaps in the justification

Author: John Cubbon
Published: 05.01.2023
On 15 December 2022 the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) upheld the conviction and sentence of Dominic Ongwen. Mitigation of Ongwen’s sentence because of his past as a child soldier was not the subject of any of the grounds of appeal, but the appeal process left his sentence unaltered and, as a result, it will receive more attention than it otherwise would. This post will place the decision on mitigation in the context of sentencing practices and argue that it leaves significant questions unanswered. The findings of the ICC Ongwen was abducted by a military grouping, the…