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Legal News
14 May 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) [TRAC backgrounder] committed "grave violations of international humanitarian law" in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the end of 2014, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported [text, PDF; press release] Wednesday. The report claims that the … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday upheld [judgment, PDF] the trial chamber's decision to acquit Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui [case materials], a Congolese man accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes. Ngudjolo was acquitted in December 2012 of leading a 2003 attack … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Monday upheld [ICC fact sheet] the conviction and 14-year prison sentence of former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo [BBC profile]. Lubanga was convicted [JURIST report] in March 2012 for the war … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

Although the ICC's name implies exclusivity, it is one of many international criminal tribunals. Several permanent international tribunals dealing in civil matters have also developed, ranging from the Permanent Court of Arbitration to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body. … [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]


Legal News
26 Mar 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda [BBC profile] denied charges at his first appearance before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Tuesday. Ntaganda is accused of 10 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, pillage, using child soldiers and other crimes. After a … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Congolese war crimes suspect Gen. Bosco Ntaganda [BBC profile] voluntarily surrendered himself [ICC press release] into the custody of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday. The ICC is now in the process of transferring him to The Hague from Rwanda. The ICC issued two arrest warrants, … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2013
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Congolese war crimes suspect Gen. Bosco Ntaganda [BBC profile] surrendered himself to a US embassy in Rwanda on Monday and requested extradition to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder]. Ntaganda has been wanted by the ICC [JURIST report] since 2006 on charges enlisting and conscripting children … [read more]


Professional Commentary
7 Mar 2013

JURIST Guest Columnists Chen Reis of the University of Denver and Lynn Lawry (pictured) of Brigham and Women's Hospital argue that unified action must be taken by parties other than the International Criminal Court in order to provide adequate and sustainable support for victims of sexual crimes during and post-conflict...The … [read more]


Professional Commentary
24 Jan 2013

JURIST Guest Columnists Richard Dicker and Elizabeth Evenson of the Human Rights Watch argue that the efficacy of the International Criminal Court depends upon international efforts to apprehend criminals...The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been in business for a decade and faces plenty of hurdles in delivering justice for the … [read more]


Legal News
18 Dec 2012
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Tuesday acquitted [judgment, PDF; press release] Congolese militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui on charges of rape, murder and pillage. Ngudjolo was accused of commanding fighters in a 2003 rebel attack on Bogoro, a strategic village in the mineral-rich Ituri region in … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Wednesday urged [statement] nations around the globe to carry out the rulings made by the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder]. Speaking before 500 high-level officials at a ceremony for the tenth anniversary of the ICC, Ban praised the court … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2012
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged [press release] the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] on Monday to improve its impact and stimulate cooperation amongst the international community as the court enters its second decade. HRW not only emphasized the importance for ICC member countries to … [read more]


Legal News
17 Oct 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday argued [press release] that justice suffers from the weak relationship between the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official websites] and the inconsistency of referrals. HRW urged the Security Council to address the issue in the open debate … [read more]


Legal News
3 Oct 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] Former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo [case materials] on Wednesday appealed his conviction and sentence from the International Criminal Court [official website]. Lubanga was convicted [JURIST report] in March for the war crimes of enlisting and conscripting children under … [read more]


Legal News
7 Aug 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] announced Tuesday that it would begin implementation of a plan to provide reparations [press release] to the victims of convicted war criminal Thomas Lubanga Dyilo [case materials]. Funds will be collected for the court by Trust Fund for Victims [advocacy … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] issued a second warrant [text, PDF] on Friday for the arrest of Congolese General Bosco Ntaganda on charges of war crimes including murder, rape and sexual slavery committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between September 2002 and September 2003. Ntaganda … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court [official website] sentenced [judgment, PDF; press release] convicted Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo [case materials] to 14 years in prison on Tuesday for his role in recruiting child soldiers. In summarizing the decision of the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
6 Jul 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Stuart Ford of the John Marshall Law School says that although the International Criminal Court has encountered numerous obstacles during the first ten years of its existence, its reputation will ultimately be decided over a longer period of time...The International Criminal Court (ICC) is now ten years … [read more]

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