Posts Categorized: International Criminal Law News


IBA Call for Contributions to the ICC Trust Fund for Family Visits


On 30 August 2016, the Presidency of the International Criminal Court (ICC) made public an important decision re-affirming the Court’s positive obligation to provide an effective right to family visits for ICC detainees, including by providing funding for such visits. In the same decision, the Presidency expressed concern that the Trust Fund for Family Visits… Read more »

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Meditation for Barristers


Barristers experience a variety of mental and physical health pressures in practice, particularly in dealing with the severe stresses created by litigation. Gray’s Inn is keen to support initiatives to address the prevailing (but dated) view that those who seek assistance in such situations are not “up to the job”. A Member of Gray’s, Gillian… Read more »


ICCBA President David Hooper Responds to Criticisms


David Hooper QC of 25 Bedford Row, and President of the recently formed International Criminal Court Bar Association (ICCBA) has defended the new group against criticism it has received from several bar associations. The ICCBA was founded in order to represent counsel and support staff working at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague…. Read more »


#JusticeMatters campaign and Facebook Page Launched by ICC to Honor the Day of International Criminal Justice (17th July 2016)


This year, the Day of International Criminal Justice (17th July 2016) is set to commemorate the 18th anniversary since the adoption of the Rome Statute on 17th July 1998. The Rome Statute is the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which seeks to deter people from committing genocide, crimes against humanity and war… Read more »


Brazil President in Unfair Trial


by Gillian Higgins and Steven Kay QC On 12th May 2016, 55 of the 81 members of the Senate voted to put President Rousseff on trial before the Senate on charges alleging the breaking of budgetary laws during her tenure as President. After being officially notified, Dilma Rousseff was suspended, ending 13 years of rule… Read more »


Simone Gbagbo’s Trial Begins in Abidjan


Today, Simone Gbagbo (pictured) is set to go on trial on charges of crimes against humanity relating to the 2010-2011 post-election violence committed in the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has specifically charged her with allegedly committing acts of murder, rape and persecution, among other inhuman offences. The trial is taking… Read more »


Closing Oral Statements in Bemba et al.


Situation: Central African Republic On Friday, 29th April 2016, Trial Chamber VII of the International Criminal Court closed the submission of evidence in the case The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, Aimé Kilolo Musamba, Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo, Fidèle Babala Wandu and Narcisse Arido and scheduled the trial’s closing oral statements to start on Tuesday 31st… Read more »


UNMICT releases Alphonse Nteziryayo


Three months after the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda partially granted his appeal against sentence, the President of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals has ordered the release of Alphonse Nteziryayo, who for a time held the position of Préfet of Butare, Rwanda, during the 1994 conflict. His release was ordered… Read more »


John Jones QC


It is with great sadness we report the news of the death of our dear friend and colleague John Jones QC. John was a leading light of the international criminal law fraternity whose contribution to this area of law was immense in scholarship and practise. We all spent happy and exciting times with him in… Read more »