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The ICC Prosecutor Reports to the Security Council on the Situation in Libya

05/11/2011 – 10:37 am | Comments Off on The ICC Prosecutor Reports to the Security Council on the Situation in Libya

On 2 November 2011, the ICC Chief Prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, reported to the UN Security Council on the situation in Libya. This is an important report because it shows the steps taken so far by the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP or Office) to investigate the crimes committed in Libya, the interaction with Libyan authorities and issues of complementarity, steps taken to track down assets of …

Closing Statements in the Lubanga Case

25/08/2011 – 6:55 pm | One Comment

The closing statements in the case Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo started today, 25 August 2011, before Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC). They will continue tomorrow with the closing statements of the Defence. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo is accused of having committed, as a co-perpetrator, war crimes of enlisting and conscripting children under the age of 15 years into the Forces patriotiques pour la …

A comment on Palestine’s statehood, recognition and UN membership

22/06/2011 – 11:37 am | 2 Comments

The Palestinian government plans to issue a declaration of independence in September 2011 as its latest strategy to bring about further recognition and UN membership. In an Op-Ed in the New York Times, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said “this September, at the United Nations General Assembly, we will request international recognition of the State of Palestine on the 1967 border and that our state be …

India Army Major Avtar Singh- Perpetrator of Extrajudicial Killing – Roaming Free in California

18/05/2011 – 6:21 am | Comments Off on India Army Major Avtar Singh- Perpetrator of Extrajudicial Killing – Roaming Free in California

On 13th May 2011 I read a news item in Kashmiri local newspaper Greater Kashmir captioned ‘File status report on Major Avtar’s Extradition’.  The news stated that Court directed police to file a status report on the progress made in the extradition of Major Avtar Singh, accused in the killing of prominent lawyer and human rights activist Jaleel Andrabi, who was kidnapped and killed by …

OTP/ICC issues statement on Libya

28/02/2011 – 3:29 pm | Comments Off on OTP/ICC issues statement on Libya

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (OTP/ICC) issued a statement on Libya following the adoption by the Security Council of Resolution 1970(2011) (see previous post). It remains to be seen what will be the response of Libya to this statement and whether it will comply with the duty to cooperate imposed upon it by the Security Council acting under Chapter VII of the …

Security Council passes Resolution 1970 (2011) on Libya

28/02/2011 – 12:45 pm | One Comment

Deploring what it called ‘the gross and systematic violation of human rights’ in strife-torn Libya, on 26 February the Security Council adopted Resolution 1970 (2011), where it demanded an end to the violence and decided to refer the situation to the International Criminal Court while imposing an arms embargo on the country and a travel ban and assets freeze on the family of Muammar Al-Qadhafi …

William A. Schabas, The International Criminal Court: A Commentary on the Rome Statute, Oxford University Press, March 2010

03/11/2010 – 7:09 am | 2 Comments

(William A. Schabas, The International Criminal Court: A Commentary on the Rome Statute, Oxford University Press, March 2010, ISBN 978-0-19-956073-8, 1336 pp.)
Schabas’s Commentary to the Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC or Court) is an excellent addition to that fine scholarly tradition established by the Oxford Commentaries on International Law. Written by a highly regarded and prolific author, William Schabas, who has been involved …

UN Reports on Israel Highlight a Manifest Culture of Impunity

08/10/2010 – 9:50 am | Comments Off on UN Reports on Israel Highlight a Manifest Culture of Impunity

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 | Comments Off on ICC Review Conference Takes Stock of Victim Participation

[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 | Comments Off on ICC Review Conference

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 | Comments Off on South North Dialogue on the Al-Bashir Arrest Warrant

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) …