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UN Reports on Israel Highlight a Manifest Culture of Impunity

08/10/2010 – 9:50 am |

On 21st and 22nd September, 2010, respectively, two reports were issued by two separate but circumstantially related missions appointed and mandated by the Human Rights Council to investigate violations of international law in the context of the Palestine-Israel conflict. The reports were submitted in the course of the Council’s 15th session, which recently took place in Geneva.
The first report, submitted to the Council on 21 …

The ICC at Eight: Assessing US policy and international criminal law: reciprocal influences

25/09/2010 – 3:14 pm | 2 Comments

Patrícia Pinto Soares (European University Institute) has just published her study on ‘The ICC at Eight: Assessing US policy and international criminal law: reciprocal influences’. Her study is the result of the study undertaken during the Calouste Gulbenkian Fellowship carried out at the Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR), SAIS Johns Hopkins University, in Washington, D. C.. This is a part of the preface:

This study emerged …

Comment on the Review Conference of the Rome Statute

06/07/2010 – 1:32 pm | One Comment

The following is a commentary by Bukeni Waruzi, Program Manager for Africa and the Middle East, WITNESS, on the recent Review Conference of the Rome Statute.
The Review Conference of the Rome Statute held in Kampala, Uganda from May 31- June 11, 2010 aimed to make critical improvements to the statute on specific issues: to determine the crime of aggression and stocktaking of several areas of …

ICC Review Conference Takes Stock of Victim Participation

07/06/2010 – 6:40 am |

[The following is a guest post by Amy Senier.]
Delegates from the States Parties to the Rome Statute are halfway through the International Criminal Court (“ICC”) Review Conference in Kampala, Uganda.  As discussed elsewhere on this blog, the conference gives States Parties, non-governmental organizations, and representatives of the ICC itself an opportunity to reflect on the work of the Court over the past eight years and …

ICC's Review Conference: Will Two Weeks Be Enough?

31/05/2010 – 12:44 pm | 2 Comments

Dominik’s earlier post calls attention to a very important event, the ICC’s Review Conference which starts today in Kampala, Uganda. The agenda for the conference includes a stocktaking exercise, including discussion of the impact of the Rome Statute system on victims and affected communities; and, issues of peace and justice, including managing the challenges of integrating justice efforts and peace processes. Amendments to the Rome Statute …

ICC Review Conference

28/05/2010 – 8:31 am |

On Monday the International Criminal Court Review Conference will begin in Kampala, Uganda. The conference, which will last until 11th June, is a meeting of a large number of delegates from around the world (see our earlier report here). In Kampala, States parties will discuss the following amendment proposals to the Rome Statute: (1) The revision of Article 124 of the Rome Statute; (2) the crime of aggression; and (3) …

South North Dialogue on the Al-Bashir Arrest Warrant

17/04/2010 – 10:08 am |

Africa Legal Aid  (ALFA) will be holding a one day conference in The Hague on 26 April 2010,  titled “Al-Bashir Arrest Warrant: The World vs Africa or the African Union vs the People of Africa.” The aim is to explore the South/ North dimensions of the emerging regime of international criminal justice and discuss the views of both proponents and opponents of the actions of the …

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 …