Posts Categorized: International Criminal Law News


#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 »


Hadžić’s trial indefinitely halted due to illness


By Marina Mayer The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has ordered an indefinite halt to the trial of Croatian Serb rebel leader Goran Hadžić as the majority of the judges in the Trial Chamber have ruled that he is “currently unfit to stand trial”. Hadžić’s trial commenced in 2012, but he was later… Read more »


IBA Event: ‘Trials in Absentia in International Criminal Justice’


The International Bar Association is hold an experts’ roundtable discussion on ‘Trials in Absentia in International Criminal Justice’. The event will take place on 8th June 2016 from 14:00-17:30 at the Hague Institute for Global Justice located at Sophialaan 10, The Hague. The Keynote presentation will be delivered by Judge Ivana Hrdlicková, the President of the… Read more »


The ICC’s Permanent Premises to be Opened Soon


By Marina Mayer His Majesty King Willem-Alexander will officially open the permanent premises of the International Criminal Court on 19 April 2016. An opening ceremony will take place on that day, hosted by the ICC President, Judge Silvia Fernández and President of the Assembly of States Parties, H.E. Mr Sidiki Kaba. Among the 350 expected guests… Read more »