23 July 2007 by Frank Petit

The July 20th arrest of Wenceslas Munyeshyaka and Laurent Bucyibaruta confirmed that France is indeed reopening certain forgotten Rwandan judicial files, albeit somewhat reluctantly. It has been pushed to do so in part by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which has issued warrants for the arrest of three Rwandans living in France and accused of having participated in the 1994 genocide. Their files should be transferred from Arusha to Paris shortly.

20 November 2006 by THIERRY CRUVELLIER and Anne-Laure Porée

On 20 November, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) were to welcome the comments of non-governmental organizations on its draft internal rules. In a move of rare transparency, the tribunal responsible for trying former Khmer Rouge leaders made the document public and open to suggestions. The ECCC are scheduled to adopt the final version of the rules on 25 November. Both in terms of procedure and victims' representation, the new Cambodian "model" is already shaping up to be an unprecedented experience in international criminal justice.

22 May 2006 by Emmanuel Chicon et Benjamin Bibas

On April 11, 2006, the Court of Cassation in Central African Republic (CAR) acknowledged that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has jurisdiction to try the primary perpetrators of the violent acts that accompanied General François Bozizé's first putsch attempt in October 2002. Bozizé finally took power during a successful coup d'état in March 2003 and was later elected president in spring 2005.


The International Criminal Court (ICC) is the first international tribunal to allow victims to actively participate. The trial chamber's January 17 ruling allows six victims to get involved at a very early stage of the proceedings - during the investigations that the ICC is conducting in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). On January 23, the prosecutor filed an application for leave to appeal this decision he strongly opposes. From his point of view, "the broad scope of victim participation envisioned creates a serious imbalance between victims and any future accused persons", and admitting them at the investigation stage could lead the chamber to "premature and inappropriate factual conclusions".

30 November 1999 by ANDRE-MICHEL ESSOUNGOU

“Counsel Degli has committed acts of dishonesty, fraud and deception. These serious breaches of professional ethics justify his withdrawal from the case.” This was the unequivocal tone of the decision taken on 27 October by the administration of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) to dismiss the lawyer representing General Gratien Kabiligi. The radical decision was taken following an ICTY enquiry, which on the face of it looks extremely damaging for the Togolese lawyer.