Monday, May 22, 2017 - 19:37
The ICC's Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has told the UN that she is looking at what's happening in Libya, particularly the alleged crimes against migrants that include killings, rapes and torture with a view to potentially opening up an investigation. But Mohammad Hadi Zakerhossein argues that she has no jurisdiction.
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 00:00
In this week's review, news about the ICC Prosecutor’s statement on Libya, the ICC’s rejection of Bemba’s reparation request, Austria’s conviction in domestic court for Syrian war crimes, Serbia and the vacant war crimes prosecutor position, Argentinian legislation on human rights abusers’ sentences, and more.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 11:22
The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (the ICC/the Court), Fatou Bensouda, issued a draft Policy Paper on Case Selection and Prioritisation late last month. Comments and amendments are still expected, but the paper is a welcome initiative because it offers more insights into the wide scope of prosecutorial discretion that is usually exercised behind the closed doors. The more discretion there is, the more transparency is needed.
Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 18:00
It was D-Day today for Ivory Coast and the ICC. After over four years of preliminaries, former president Laurent Gbagbo and his lieutenant Chales Blé Goudé are finally facing the Office of the Prosecutor on trial. They are accused of crimes against humanity, allegedly committed during the 2010/2011 post-electoral crisis.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 08:15
Last week, the Office of the Prosecutor announced that it’s planning to add 60 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity against former Lord’s Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen. With a total of 67 counts, Ongwen is the latest, and most obvious, example of the new approach of Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.
Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 11:51
The ICC will now deal with cultural crimes head on. Last night, the Court announced the arrest and transfer of its first suspect of war crimes for intentionally directing attacks against ten buildings dedicated to religion and historic monuments in Mali.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 12:30
On Wednesday morning, the ICC Appeals Chamber issued its judgement on the Prosecutor's appeal regarding Kenya's cooperation. At least, that's what most people think. But that's not actually what the hearing is about, explains Elinor Fry of the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam’s Centre for International Criminal Justice.
Friday, June 19, 2015 - 12:16
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is widely regarded as having been the most important laboratory for contemporary international criminal justice. This assertion will certainly be changed if a tribunal is established to deal with the crimes committed by the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS).
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 11:02
It has been three years since Fatou Bensouda assumed her position as chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). When the Gambian lawyer took over the post from Luis Moreno Ocampo, it was widely believed that she would strike the right balance between continuity and change.
Monday, June 1, 2015 - 14:35
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… the International Criminal Court kicked off three cases against two Kenyan politicians and one journalist. Years later, the case against the current president, Uhuru Kenyatta, crashed and burned while the case against Joseph Sang and William Ruto are coming to a close.