First ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo at March 2011 press conference on situation in Libya, as successor Fatou Bensouda looks on (Photo: Flickr/ICC-CPI)
17 June 2015 by Stephanie van den Berg, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Recent cases at the International Criminal Court have revitalized the on-going discussion about when the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) should step in to demand that suspects be brought to The Hague and when it should let countries handle their own prosecutions.

Victims' widows and survivors thank lawyers after a court's March 2015 sentence against Habré's agents (Photo: Twitter/@HenriThulliez)
17 June 2015

In IJT 184, veteran war crimes tribunal journalist and former IJT editor Thierry Cruvellier analyzes the significance of Chadian ex-dictator Hissène Habré's upcoming trial at the Extraordinary African Chambers.

Other features:

  • There's a new start date for the retrial of former Guatemalan dictator Ríos Montt
  • Scholars say it's time for a crimes against humanity convention
  • Complementarity remains a guessing game at the International Criminal Court

News brief:

Sudan's President Bashir gets away again but who looks worse: the ICC or South Africa?

Outside al-Hadba prison in Tripoli, where the trial of Senussi and co-defendants opened on 14 April 2014 (Photo: Chris Stephen)
04 May 2015 by Chris Stephen

The controversial trial of Libya’s former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi will enter its “final” stage on 20 May, court authorities announced this week. After a case lasting just over a year, during which a Libyan civil war broke out [IJT-176], prosecutors say they are prepared to finish proceedings, the country’s Al Nabaa television station reported Sunday.  

Al Jadeed journalist Karma Khayat flanked by defence lawyers at the opening hearing of her contempt trial (Photo: Flickr/STLebanon)
04 May 2015

IJT 181 examines what two contempt cases at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon show about the main in absentia trial seeking to uncover who killed Lebanese ex-premier Rafik Hariri.

Other features:

  • Will Kenya’s restorative justice fund sideline truth commission findings?
  • Will new reparations body in Ivory Coast fulfill promise? 
  • Hopeful to move forward, Bosnian millennials try to unearth war skeletons

News briefs:

  • Netherlands court backs decision not to prosecute Dutchbat soldiers over Srebrenica deaths
  • ​Controversial Libyan Senussi trial to enter final phase
Outside al-Hadba prison in Tripoli, where the trial of Senussi and co-defendants opened on 14 April 2014 (Photo: Chris Stephen)
25 February 2015 by Chris Stephen

The International Criminal Court’s prosecutor ruled that despite civil war in Libya and militias storming the capital, she has no reason to think the country’s former intelligence chief is getting an unfair trial.

14 March 2011 by -

A former UN war crimes investigator will lead a probe into suspected crimes against humanity in Libya, the president of the UN human rights council, Sihasak Phuangketkeow, said Friday.

Egyptian Cherif Bassiouni will be joined by Jordanian lawyer Asma Khader and Canadian Philippe Kirsch, who is a former judge and president of the International Criminal Court.

"I do hope that the mission of inquiry which has been set up will benefit from the cooperation of the country concerned," said Phuangketkeow.

11 April 2011 by -

"Indiscriminate attacks on civilians trapped in the Libyan city of Misrata by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi violate international law," says Human Rights Watch.

Hospitals in Libya's third city had documented about 250 deaths over the past month, most of them civilians, as government troops fight for control of the last big rebel stronghold in the west of Libya, the group said.

28 June 2011 by -

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi could end up in the dock in The Hague within months, says chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno Ocampo.

02 March 2011 by -

The United Nations on Tuesday suspended Libya from its main human rights body over Muammar Gaddafi's crackdown on protests as the Security Council warned of new action against his regime. 

With growing western calls for a no-fly zone over Libya, Britain's UN envoy said the council would take "whatever measures we consider necessary to respond to events on the ground."

The 192-member assembly passed a suspension resolution by consensus, without a vote, after UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged the body to "act decisively."

28 February 2011 by -

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Monday he was assessing whether Libyan authorities can be tried for crimes against humanity against civilians calling for regime change.

Upon referral from the UN, his office was "assessing allegations of widespread or systematic attacks against the civilian population," Luis Moreno-Ocampo said in The Hague. "This could constitute crimes against humanity and must stop," he added.