Payam Akhavan reviews the legal and international standards.
The allegations in question are not “large-scale” war crimes that would fall within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court as some have argued. However, they may constitute offences under the War Crimes Act and raise far-reaching questions about whether we are adequately protecting our soldiers against potential liability.
Whether one believes Colvin’s testimony or not, this issue is far too important to be politicized by either the government or the opposition. It belongs to an impartial inquiry that demonstrates Canada’s commitment to the rule of law.