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The ICC and Afghanistan: A Moment of Opportunity for Justice

25/03/2010 – 1:17 pm | 3 Comments

In today’s International Herald Tribune, Candace Rondeaux and Nick Grono of the International Crisis Group argued that the International Criminal Court (ICC) should formalize their investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, now that the Taliban’s military chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has been arrested in Pakistan. I believe formalizing such an investigation at this particular stage would be catastrophic in consequence, …

A Conversation with Luis Moreno Ocampo

31/01/2010 – 12:45 am | 2 Comments

An interesting – yet at 1 hour 57 min rather lengthy – interview/conversation with the ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo is this weeks clip of the week (see on the right side of the website or follow this link). The video will bring little news to those of us familiar with the basic structure and functioning of the ICC but it is nevertheless educational and …

Paper on the Issues Arising out of the Palestinian Declaration to the ICC under Art. 12(3) of the Rome Statute

29/12/2009 – 12:52 am | 2 Comments

Al-Haq, a Palestinian NGO based in the West Bank, has recently published a paper authored by Michael Kearney and Stijn Denayer on “Issues Arising from the Palestinian Authority’s Submission of a Declaration to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court under Article 12(3) of the Rome Statute” (a matter we have previously covered here).
The Palestinian declaration for a self-referral to the ICC has become a …

Conclusion of the eighth session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute

02/12/2009 – 7:15 pm | 3 Comments

The Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute concluded its eighth session on 26 November 2009. Among the more important results of the Assembly was the decision that the much anticipated review conference is to be held in Kampala, Uganda between 31 May and 11 June 2010. The review conference will be the first such conference. Its convening is provided for in Art. 123(1) …

New issue of the Equality of Arms Review

24/07/2009 – 12:05 pm |

Below you will find a short notice regarding the new issue of the International Bar Association’s EQ: Equality of Arms Review.
Should the ICC investigate the situation in Gaza? Is the ICC Appeals Chamber properly constituted? What is the future for the ICC? These and many other questions are addressed in the latest issue of the International Bar Association’s (IBA) publication, EQ: Equality of Arms Review.
This regular …

The International Day of Justice: African Union Decision in Libya Inimical to the ICC and International Criminal Justice

17/07/2009 – 4:51 am | One Comment

Friday, 17 July 2009 is International Justice Day, which this year marks the 11th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute. As the rest of the world celebrates the advancement of international justice and the efforts of ending impunity for gross violations for human rights, it is unfortunate that Africa’s premier organisation has taken a negative stance in supporting the ICC’s efforts to bring …

Chile has ratified the Rome Statute

30/06/2009 – 2:55 pm |

Yesterday the government of Chile deposited its instrument of ratification to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The Statute will enter into force for Chile on 1 September 2009, bringing the total number of States Parties to the Rome Statute to 109.
The government of Chile had proposed constitutional reforms as a prerequisite to the ratification of the Statute in order to avoid any potential …

New version of the ICC legal tools

27/05/2009 – 8:16 am | 2 Comments

[Thanks to Emilie Hunter, Research and Programmes Coordinator at the University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre for drawing our attention to this:]
Everybody who has worked with international criminal law and/or the Internetional Criminal Court has probably encountered the so-called Legal Tools of the ICC. The Legal Tools is basically a collection of ‘legal information, commentaries and an application to work more effectively with core …

Perpetual Conflict between Human Rights and Politics in the Development of International Criminal Justice

20/04/2009 – 8:53 am | 2 Comments

The existence and development of humankind on this planet has never been an egalitarian process. This partly explains the birth and development of law and legal institutions to regulate the conduct and behaviour of mankind in its intercourse with one another. Admittedly the existence of law and legal institutions does not attest to the quality of justice attained at any stage in the development of …

International Idealism Meets Domestic-Criminal-Procedure Realism

17/04/2009 – 7:50 am |

This is the title of a paper by Professors Stephanos Bibas and William Burke-White just posted on SSRN. For readers with an interest in international criminal law this is a must read. In their paper, Bibas and Burke-White, inter alia, argue that scholarship dealing with international criminal law has to a large extent overlooked procedural issues. Moreover, the authors argue, which is a very valid …

Irish Centre for Human Rights – Summer Schools

16/04/2009 – 11:52 am |

[Below you will find an announcement for this year’s summer schools organized by the Irish Centre for Human Rights. I can really recommend these summer schools. They gather a number of very interesting scholars and practitioners, are very well organized, and take place in the beautiful surrounding of the city of Galway. Thanks to Maria Varaki for this reminder!] 
Irish Centre for Human Rights
Summer Schools
The Irish …

Does the ICC target Africa?

02/04/2009 – 2:54 pm |

[The following is a guest post by Lorraine Smith, IBA Programme Manager (ICC) on the “Equality of Arms Review (EQ)”, a new regular publication that features news, opinion pieces and important information designed to spark discussion and increase awareness of the ICC]
“Does the ICC target Africa?” This is the title of an interesting and timely opinion piece by Justice Richard Goldstone, former Chief Prosecutor of …

Sudanese President’s Indictment: Justice or Neo-Colonialism?

09/03/2009 – 2:03 pm | 2 Comments

On the 4th of March 2009, after seven months of deliberation, the International Criminal Court charged President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan with war crimes and crimes against humanity in the violence that has engulfed the Darfur region in recent years. But he escaped the charge on genocide at least for now, as the ICC has made it clear that the charges could also be …

ICC asks the Prosecutor to amend the charges against Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo

09/03/2009 – 11:00 am |

Last week much attention at the ICC has been devoted to the confirmation of arrest warrant against Omar al-Bashir, while less attention has been paid to the important decision of the Pre-trial Chamber III to adjourn the confirmation of charges hearing in the case of The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo and to ask the Prosecutor to consider submitting an amended document containing the charges. …

Iran Attempting Gaza Investigation

06/03/2009 – 9:40 am |

In a week when much of the international law attention has been focused on the ICC and its arrest warrant against President Bashir of Sudan, little attention has been afforded to the news that Iran is currently hosting a conference looking into the possibility of seeking prosecution of a number of Israeli officials for alleged “war crimes, invasion, occupation, genocide and crimes against humanity”, in …

Prosecutor v Omar al Bashir

04/03/2009 – 8:34 pm | 5 Comments

As reported, the Pretrial Chamber of International Criminal Court has earlier today confirmed an arrest warrant for Omar al Bashir, the incumbent president of Sudan, for crimes against humanity and war crimes but not for crime of genocide against the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa ethinc groups. Albeit a number of practitioners and experts of international criminal law foretold that the Pretrial Chamber would not issue …

ICC Issue Arrest Warrant for Bashir

04/03/2009 – 1:43 pm |

The Pre-Trial Chamber of the ICC today partly approved the request for an arrest order for President Al Bashir of Sudan. The warrant, requested by the Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, relate to charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes but not genocide as requested by the prosecutor. In a press conference held today, the Registrar reiterated that the Court’s decision is purely legal and not …

ICC Decision on the Indictment of Sudan’s President and Possible Outcomes

27/02/2009 – 12:35 pm | One Comment

Speculation is rife on the eve of the decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) expected to be released on the 4th of March 2009, about the issuance of an arrest warrant for Sudan’s President, Omar Al Bashir. Last year, chief ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo asked the court’s judges to indict Bashir for orchestrating what he described as a campaign of genocide in Sudan’s …