ICC: DRC Germain Katanga’s sentence reduced and to be completed on 18 January 2016

1 December 2015 – [On] 13 November 2015, a Panel of three Judges of the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC), specifically appointed by the Appeals Chamber, reviewed Germain Katanga’s sentence and decided to reduce it. Accordingly, the date for the completion of his sentence is set to 18 January 2016. In today’s decision, the […]

Ivory Coast: The trial of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé to open on 28 January 2016

3 November 2015 – Last week, Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) rescheduled the trial’s opening statements in the case The Prosecutor v. Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé , initially scheduled on 10 November 2015, to 28 January 2016. On 27 October 2015, the Defence team for Mr Gbagbo submitted a request asking the Judges […]

ICC: Bemba, Kilolo et al. trial opens

Situation: Central African Republic Case: The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, Aimé Kilolo Musamba, Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo, Fidèle Babala Wandu and Narcisse Arido 30 September 2015 – On 29 September 2015, the trial in the case The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, Aimé Kilolo Musamba, Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo, Fidèle Babala Wandu and Narcisse Arido opened before Trial Chamber VII at […]

ICC: Situation in Mali: Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi surrendered to the ICC on charges of war crimes regarding the destruction of historical and religious monuments in Timbuktu

Situation: Mali Case: The Prosecutor v. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi 28 September 2015 – [On] 26 September 2015, Mr Ahmad Al Mahdi Al Faqi (Abu Tourab), was surrendered to the International Criminal Court (ICC) by the authorities of Niger and arrived at the Court’s Detention Centre in the Netherlands. Mr Al Faqi is suspected, according to an […]

ICC: Judges unseal an arrest warrant in Kenya case against Paul Gicheru and Philip Kipkoech Bett

16 September 2015 – On 10 September 2015, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) unsealed an arrest warrant against Paul Gicheru and Philip Kipkoech Bett, initially issued on 10 March 2015 for offences against the administration of justice consisting in corruptly influencing witnesses. The Pre-Trial Chamber II found that there are reasonable grounds […]

ICC: In Ongwen case, Pre-Trial Chamber II recommends holding the confirmation of charges hearing in Uganda; ICC Presidency’s decision to be made in due course

16 September 2015 – On 10 September 2015, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) recommended to the ICC Presidency that the hearing on the confirmation of charges against Dominic Ongwen, be held in the Republic of Uganda. The ICC Presidency will now consult with the Ugandan authorities and make a decision on this […]

Legal Update | South African High Court refuses government application for leave to appeal the Al-Bashir decision

16 September 2015 – In June 2015 a full bench of South Africa’s High Court (Gauteng Division, Pretoria) issued a judgment holding that the government’s failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir was unconstitutional. The government sought leave to appeal this decision. Today, the High Court refused the government’s application for leave to appeal, with costs. […]

Democratic Republic of Congo: UN envoy hails opening of ICC trial against Congolese rebel leader as ‘victory for survivors’

2 September 2015 – As the International Criminal Court (ICC) trial of Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda opened today, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict said that it served as a powerful reminder to military leaders accused of similar acts that justice will ultimately prevail. Zainab Hawa Bangura called the ICC trial, […]

ICC: Appeals Chamber to deliver its judgment on the Prosecutor’s appeal regarding Kenya’s cooperation on 19 August 2015

9 August 2015 – [On] 7 August 2015, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an order scheduling a public hearing on 19 August 2015 at 10:00 (the Hague local time) to deliver its decision on the Prosecution’s appeal against Trial Chamber V(B)’s decision, dated 3 December 2014. Trial Chamber V(B) had declined to […]

ICC: Global #justicematters campaign for #17july wraps up with a last word from the communities affected by crimes

24 July 2015 – This year’s #justicematters social media campaign and activities garnered large support worldwide. States representatives, civil society organizations, women’s groups, legal professionals and scholars, children, youth and elders all over the world sent the strong messages about the many ways in which justice matters to us all. Numerous activities took place around this date […]

ICC: To commemorate the Day of International Criminal Justice, the President of the Assembly convenes a regional discussion in Dakar on state sovereignty and international criminal justice

24 July 2015 – To commemorate the Day of International Criminal Justice, the President of the Assembly of States Parties, H.E. Mr. Sidiki Kaba, convened, on 20 and 21 July, a regional conference in Dakar on “Sovereignty of States and International Criminal Justice”. This conference was organized under the patronage of H.E. Mr. Macky Sall, President […]