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27 March 2006 by BENJAMIN BIBAS and EMMANUEL CHICON

The transfer of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, head of the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) to The Hague on March 17 stirred up questions about the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) investigations into the support given to the Congolese militia in Ituri (Democratic Republic of Congo). Thus far, the ICC has targeted only the leaders of the Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group and not a single officer of the Ugandan army in its investigations into Uganda. However, the court may be setting its sights on several high-ranking Ugandan officers in the Ituri case.

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ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda during the October 2014 status conferences concerning the status of cooperation between her office and Kenya (Photo: Flickr/ICC-CPI)
25 March 2015 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

This article examines the value the International Criminal Court is increasingly placing on digital data and other technology as a way to reduce reliance on witness testimony. It completes a series by Tjitske Lingsma on the challenges faced by the ICC's Office of the Prosecution. The first article looked at its problems with witnesses [IJT-176] and the second, with intermediaries [IJT-177].

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ICC judges in Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui case on a visit to Ituri in January 2012 (Photo: Flickr/ICC-CPI)
11 March 2015 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

This is the second in a series of articles delving into the challenges faced by prosecutors at the International Criminal Court. In our last issue [IJT-176], Tjitske Lingsma explored why the ICC seems afflicted by untruthful witnesses. In the third article, we examine the growing importance of technological evidence, like phone records and computer data, to reduce the reliance on witness testimony.

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ICC's office of public counsel for victims at the Lubanga appeals hearing on 3 March 2015 (Photo: Flickr/ICC-CPI)
10 March 2015 by Stephanie van den Berg, The Hague (The Netherlands)

In a landmark appeals ruling last week, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued guidelines on reparations to victims in the Lubanga case that are expected to lead the court in future cases.

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President Kenyatta and his defence team, with lawyer Steven Kay in first row, at 8 December 2014 status conference (Photo: Flickr/ICC-CPI)
24 February 2015 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

This is the first in a series of articles delving into the challenges faced by prosecutors at the International Criminal Court. In our next issue, Tjitske Lingsma focuses on the use of intermediaries in situation countries. In the third article, we examine the growing importance of technological evidence, like phone records and computer data, to reduce the reliance on witness testimony.

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10 February 2010 by -

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10 February 2010 by -

A witness at the trial of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo said intermediaries of the International Criminal Court (ICC) paid him to convince his nephew to give false testimony against the former Congolese warlord, LubangaTrial.org is reporting.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

The man’s nephew was called as a prosecution witness and told the court he had been child soldier in Lubanga’s militia - the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC).

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13 January 2010 by -

Children cannot consent to their own exploitation, making the use of children in warfare “particularly abusive,” an expert witness told the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the trial of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo which resumed last Thursday. Lubanga is accused of enlisting child soldiers into his militia - the Union of Congolese Patriots - during Congo’s Ituri conflict.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

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14 May 2010 by -

Although 100% of cases currently before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague involve crimes of gender based violence committed in Africa, only 4% of ICC lawyers are women from that continent. The ICC is hoping to change this with a campaign to recruit African women lawyers to represent both victims and defendants at the court.

By Hélène Michaud

“Most of the victims said: she understands us better because she’s a woman and a mother.”

Africa needs more lawyers like Carine Bapita.

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07 April 2010 by Thijs Bouwknegt

Catherine Mabille and Marc Desalliers represent former Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, who stands trial at The Hague’s International Criminal Court (ICC) for conscripting and using child soldiers. The lawyers have complained about ongoing problems during the trial.

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