Podcast – Antonio Cassese: The Stubborn Sparrow – Episode 2: The crime of terrorism and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

Antonio Cassese (‘Nino’) was the first President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, a hybrid court established in 2007 to try those responsible for the attack that killed the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri and others. In February 2011, under Nino’s presidency, the Tribunal rendered a controversial decision on the definition of the international crime of terrorism. The co-hosts Antonio Coco and Giulia Pinzauti discuss the decision and Nino’s contribution to it with guest Guido Acquaviva, the Tribunal’s Chef de Cabinet at the time.


The co-hosts, Antonio Coco and Giulia Pinzauti, introduce the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), of which Antonio Cassese (‘Nino’) was the first President. The Tribunal was created in 2007 to prosecute those responsible for the killing, among others, of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri. Nino explains the Tribunal’s mandate with his own voice. His best-known contribution to the Tribunal’s work is the controversial Appeals Chamber’s Interlocutory Decision on the definition of the crime of terrorism, issued on 16 February 2011. The co-hosts discuss the decision, the struggle to define terrorism in international law, and the lessons learned from the Tribunal’s experience with Guido Acquaviva, who worked as Chef de Cabinet during Nino’s presidency. Guido describes Nino’s energetic and optimistic approach and his determination to fight terrorism through the rule of law.


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Credits for the production go to Janet Anderson, Stephanie van den Berg and Ilaria Molinari. The logo for this podcast has been designed by https://delrossostudio.com/