Posts Categorized: International News


Book Review: G. M. Lentner’s “The UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court: The Referral Mechanism in Theory and Practice” (Elgar 2018)


Written by Joshua Kern  Gabriel M. Lentner’s “The UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court: The Referral Mechanism in Theory and Practice” is a timely and important contribution. As the title suggests, the monograph (published by Elgar in November 2018) focuses on the relationship between the UN Security Council and the ICC. It also… Read more »


Universal Jurisdiction – Hoisting a Red Flag Against Impunity


Written by Lennart Poulsen This blog considers the concept and application of the principle of universal jurisdiction, its current limitations and its future potential. The publicity surrounding November’s G20 meeting in Buenos Aires was noticeable for reasons other than the economic and geo-political mainstays that tend to feature on the agenda for discussion among world… Read more »


Sixth Hearing of Demirtas Trial Takes Place in Ankara


Written by Margaret Owen (pictured), International Trial Observer and Barrister On Wednesday 12th December 2018, Solicitor-Advocate Ali Has, Thomas Phillips of Liverpool University, and myself arrive in Ankara to attend the sixth hearing of the case against Selahattin Demirtas, former co-chair of Turkey’s HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party). Demirtas was arrested on 4th November 2016 together… Read more »


ICDL Germany e.V. – 13th Annual Meeting 2019


The 13th Annual Meeting of the International Criminal Defence Lawyers Germany – ICDL eV – will take place in Berlin at the Hotel InterContinental on 26th January 2019. The meeting will last the whole day from: 09:00 – 20:30. The event will include speeches and contributions from many respected legal professionals, including Associate Member of… Read more »


Steven Kay QC at IBA Annual Conference – Rome, 2018


Steven Kay QC spoke at the IBA Annual Conference in Rome today on: The business link to international crime: individual and state liability under the arms sales treaty, the Palermo Convention on the financing of terrorism activities, and international criminal law. The session covered the trafficking of persons to the illicit sale of counterfeits, drugs,… Read more »


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 »