09 July 2014 by Benjamin Duerr, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Former militia leader Germain Katanga, who was convicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in March, has expressed his “sincere regrets” to victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and has decided to accept the court’s verdict. The reasons for this unusual move – made public on 25 June in a press release announcing the simultaneous withdrawal of the prosecutor’s appeal – were not provided, leaving a number of questions.

10 September 2014 by Louise Jones, Kinshasa (DRC)

Last month a small courtroom perched on a green hill in South Kivu province began hosting a trial many see as a crucial test for the Democratic Republic of Congo’s judiciary. In the dock before a three-judge panel military court is Colonel Bedi Mobuli Engangela, an army officer once one of the most feared men in eastern Congo.

Then ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo with locals in the DRC's Ituri district
24 September 2014 by Janet H. Anderson, The Hague (The Netherlands)

For the majority of inhabitants in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the International Criminal Court has had no impact on peace or justice, reports a study published this month by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Of over 5,000 people surveyed in Ituri and the Kivus, 28 percent think the court’s influence has been negative. IJT spoke to report co-author Patrick Vinck. 

19 November 2014 by Janet H. Anderson

Trial chamber judges heard closing arguments last week in the trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, the former vice-president of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) facing charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court. Bemba’s is the third trial to reach closing arguments at the ICC.

Thomas Lubanga at his appeals verdict (Flickr/ICC-CPI)
03 December 2014 by Benjamin Duerr, The Hague (The Netherlands)

This week the International Criminal Court (ICC), on appeal, upheld its first-ever verdict. However, the decision once again raises questions about the work of the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) and the accused’s right to a fair trial.

09 July 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT 163.

14 May 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT 159

10 September 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT 165.


24 September 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT issue 166.

19 November 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT issue number 170.