Posts Categorized: International News


Steven Kay QC speaking at the IBA Annual Conference in Rome on Tuesday 9 October 2018


Cooperation between national and international judicial authorities: 20 years after the signing of the Rome Statute, is cooperation the pitfall of international criminal justice? In July 1998, amid celebrations and high hopes, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (the ‘Court‘) was signed to establish the first permanent international criminal tribunal to try war… Read more »


Advancing the Impact of Victim Participation at the International Criminal Court: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice


On 4th October 2018 the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford and the ICCBA are hosting a one-day workshop on victim participation at the International Criminal Court. It will focus on certain elements of victim participation, including theoretical and jurisprudential developments, reparation jurisprudence, as well as ethical, psychological and practical considerations in client-counsel… Read more »


Immunity from arrest for member of diplomatic special mission


Egypt’s Freedom and Justice Party lost their claim for judicial review of the decision of the UK Foreign Secretary and the Director of Public Prosecutions that a member of a special mission had immunity from arrest. Click the link below to read the full story:   Image source:    

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Options for Justice: A Handbook for Designing Accountability Mechanisms for Grave Crimes


The Open Society Justice Initiative has released a report titled Options for Justice: A Handbook for Designing Accountability Mechanisms for Grave Crimes. It is a handbook that studies investigative mechanisms designed to deliver accountability in the aftermath of a conflict, and takes a detailed look at their design and impact. Extensive research, involving dozens of… Read more »

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Method to the Madness? John Bolton and US Objections to ICC Jurisdiction, by Steven Kay QC and Joshua Kern


Steven Kay QC and Joshua Kern have co-authored a piece for Opinio Juris, an online forum dedicated to discussing international law and international relations. Earlier this week, US National Security Advisor John Bolton declared the intention of his country’s government to rely on the American Service members’ Protection Act of 2002 to protect both America… Read more »


John Bolton speech to the Federalist Society in The Hague on behalf of the US Government


On Monday 10 September, US National Security Adviser John Bolton appeared at the Federalist Society in Washington, D.C. and delivered his first major speech since joining the White House. Mr Bolton’s remarks, together with a link to Al Jazeera’s Inside Story on the ICC’s historic travails (as exemplified by the withdrawal of charges against President… Read more »


Coalition for the ICC Provides Further News on Bemba Acquittal


                    Coalition for the International Criminal Court has posted an update on the decision made last week by the Appeals Chamber of the Court to acquit Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo from the charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. For further reading, access the link… Read more »


Fifth Demirtas Hearing Takes Place Two Weeks Before Election


Written by Margaret Owen (pictured), International Trial Observer and Barrister Friday 8th June I have returned to Istanbul in order to observe the fifth hearing of the trial of former HDP co-chair: Selahattin Demirtas. Given that Turkey’s presidential election is only two weeks away, we the international observers, anticipate a final verdict. Selahattin Demirtas has… Read more »


Bemba Acquitted by ICC Appeals Chamber


                    On Friday 8th June the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court decided to acquit Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo from the charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. To learn more, click the following links:  … Read more »


Steven Kay QC Attended ABA Conference Panel on “Improving the Practice of Law Before the ICC and International Criminal Tribunals”


Steven Kay QC spoke at the ABA (American Bar Association) conference in Paris on 8 June in the session “Improving the Practice of Law Before the ICC and International Criminal Tribunals”. Other panellists were Ambassador Stephen Rapp and Kip Hale. The panel was chaired by Lucian Dervan and focussed upon the work of the ABA… Read more »


The Peoples’ Tribunal: Verdict on Turkey and the Kurds


On 15th and 16th March 2018, the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Turkey and the Kurds convened in Paris for an intensive two-day meeting on the treatment of Kurdish people living in Turkey by President Erdogan’s government. The tribunal views the actions of the Turkish state as “Denying the Kurdish People its right to self-determination, by… Read more »

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Human Rights Watch, Israel, and the Palestinian “right of return”


Written by Joshua Kern (9 Bedford Row) In the field of international criminal law, international human rights organisations such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) are hugely influential. Time and again, litigation at the ICTY, ICTR and ICC has shown that NGO reporting forms the legal and factual building blocks of prosecutions at the international criminal… Read more »


The Trial of Selahattin Demirtas: Observations on the trial and the future of democracy in Turkey


Public meeting organised by Peace in Kurdistan and Kurdish People’s Assembly UK Thu 17 May 2018 18:00 – 20:00 BST SOAS University of London Room B111 (Brunei Gallery) Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square London WC1H 0XG Click below to book a place at this free event: The prosecution and trial of Selahattin Demirtas has been… Read more »