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Professional Commentary
6 Jul 2015
by Solomon Sacco of Amnesty International

JURIST Guests Netsanet Belay and Solomon Sacco of Amnesty International discuss two recent cases in which states have used diplomatic immunity as a pretext for not executing arrest warrants for visiting public officials who are wanted for crimes under international law, thereby upholding impunity for serious crimes.... Two cases in … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile] was allowed to leave South Africa on Monday, despite a ruling by the North Gauteng High Court [official website] that he should be kept in the country [JURIST report] because of International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] warrants [ICC materials] for his arrest. Shortly … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A judge for South Africa's high court on Sunday issued an order barring Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile], who has an international warrant out for his arrest, from leaving the country. Bashir, who was visiting South Africa for an African Union [official website] summit, is currently wanted by … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court [official website] (ICC) on Friday withdrew charges [decision, PDF] against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was charged with crimes against humanity for inciting post-election violence [JURIST archive] in 2007 and 2008 during which more than 1,000 people died and more than 600,000 were displaced. Although … [read more]


Legal News
10 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Monday requested assistance [press release] from the UN Security Council (UNSC) [official website] in the forced extradition of Sudan President Omar al-Bashir [NYT backgrounder], who is facing charges of genocide in connection with the Darfur conflict [HRC backgrounder]. In asking the … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] African leaders urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Saturday to drop cases against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto, or suspend the charges until African concerns are considered by the court. Bashir is accused of failing to respond to summons to answer … [read more]


Legal News
15 Dec 2014
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] told the UN Security Council [official website] Friday that her office is dropping its investigation [report, PDF] into the situation in Darfur [ICC materials]. According to Bensouda, there has been no substantial progress in the investigation into … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] issued an order [text, PDF] last week asking authorities in Saudi Arabia to arrest Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archives] while he is on pilgrimage in Mecca currently. The order came in response [ST report] to an urgent … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Fatou Bensouda on Tuesday urged the UN Security Council (UNSC) to take action to end the conflict in Darfur [JURIST news archive] and bring perpetrators to justice [UN News Centre report]. Bensouda noted that it has been nearly 10 … [read more]


Academic Commentary
31 Mar 2014
by Haider Ala Hamoudi of University of Pittsburgh School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the hasty and sloppy manner in which Iraq's highly controversial draft Shi'i Personal Status Law was prepared ... There has been much controversy over the Iraqi cabinet's approval of a draft Shi'i Personal Status Law … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] More than 30 human rights and civil society organizations on Tuesday called for the arrest [press release] of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Tuesday was the fifth anniversary of his indictment [JURIST report] on five counts of crimes against humanity (murder, torture, rape, extermination, and … [read more]


Features
14 Jan 2014

In January 2005, the Sudanese government and the southern Sudan People's Liberation Movement signed a historic peace accord and, in the process, laid the foundation for the formation of South Sudan. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement concluded a 21-year civil war between the parties and sought to restore peace in Sudan. … [read more]


Features
14 Jan 2014

The Sudanese Civil War culminated in an agreement to allow the southern part of the country to succeed if the proposition passed a popular referendum. This was a compromise between the Sudan People's Liberation Movement of the south and the National Congress Party of the north to take a step … [read more]


Academic Commentary
24 Oct 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Fred Kennedy Nkusi of the Independent Institute of Lay Adventists of Kigali and Mount Kenya University in Rwanda says that the current pressure by the African Union to demonize the ICC as outside control, misses the greater picture and the opportunity for progress ... On October 12, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
8 Oct 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Roland Adjovi, Academic Director of the Arcadia Center for East African Studies says that while the Kenyan vote to withdraw from the ICC masks the greater danger of polarization in Africa opposing much needed applications of international law ... On September 5, 2013, the Kenya Parliament adopted … [read more]


Legal News
21 Sep 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] On Friday, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called upon [press release] members of the UN to demand Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] turn himself in to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] where he faces charges for war crimes, crimes against humanity … [read more]


Legal News
10 Sep 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] A leading Sudan opposition figure jailed in 2004 for an alleged coup attempt was released from prison on Sunday. Yousef Mohammed Saleh Lebis is a member of Sudan's Popular Congress Party (PCP), which is led by Hassan al-Turabi [BBC profile]. Lebis' release is a result of the promise made … [read more]


Features
21 Jul 2013

While the Syrian conflict began during the Arab Spring of 2011, it was fueled by decades of political oppression. On March 6, 2011, schoolchildren, inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Libya, graffitied anti-Bashir al-Assad messages on several buildings in Daraa. After Syrian police arrested the children, protests erupted in Daraa … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

Of the 139 states that signed the Rome Statute, 32 have not yet ratified the treaty. According to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties [PDF], a state that has signed but not ratified a treaty is obliged to refrain from "acts which would defeat the object and purpose" … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

Articles 5 through 20 of the Rome Statute govern the jurisdiction of the ICC. There are four major factors to consider when assessing the court's jurisdiction. First, the specific crime committed has to fit the definition of one of the four crimes outlined in the statute. Second, the court must … [read more]

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