ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda addresses the UN Security Council in November 2015 (Photo: Flickr/IICC-CPI)
27 January 2016 by Janet H. Anderson, The Hague (The Netherlands)

IJT asked legal experts William Schabas and Evelyn Ankumah how they thought the ICC was doing and what remains needed. Schabas is optimistic and Ankumah shares a more reserved view. Both agree that the court must start showing it is not afraid to pursue alleged suspects from powerful states. 

The ICC presents its annual report to Assembly of States Parties in November 2015 (Photo: Flickr/ICC-CPI)
17 December 2015 by Benjamin Duerr, The Hague (The Netherlands)

In the face of financial and geopolitical realities and with several major judicial developments and administrative reforms coming up, 2016 could be a decisive year for the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Bosco Ntaganda at the start of his trial (Flickr/ ICC-CPI)
02 September 2015 by Stephanie van den Berg, The Hague (The Netherlands)

The trial of Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda which opened before the International Criminal Court Wednesday is a test of the prosecutor’s new strategy to look at sexual and gender-based violence in all of the cases [IJT-179].

In this case,  for the first time, the ICC has agreed that sexual violence against child soldiers by their own commanders could constitute a war crime. 

13 April 2010 by -

After months of delay, the genocide trial against former President Radovan Karadžić in the Hague last week started hearing the first testimonies by witnesses about atrocities committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

By Linawati Sidarto

24 February 2010 by -

The Liberian Senate has for the second time rejected six individuals nominated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to serve as commissioners on the Independent National Human Rights Commission of Liberia (INHCR).

By Thijs Bouwknegt

The creation of the INHCR was mandated in 2005 to promote and protect human rights in post-conflict Liberia, and oversee implementation of the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) final report. The TRC catalogued human rights abuses committed during Liberia’s two decades of conflict.

03 May 2004 by -

An appeal on the grounds of a trial prosecutor's «lack of integrity» has raised new questions over recruitment practices at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Counsel for the former Minister of Information Eliezer Niyitega, who was sentenced to life imprisonment on 15 May 2003, argues that Melinda Pollard, a member of the trial prosecution team, had been practising in spite of a disciplinary suspension.

03 December 2007 by -

On November 29, the Belgrade prosecutor indicted 14 Serbians—former soldiers in the Yugoslav army and members of local militia and paramilitary groups—for war crimes committed from 1991 to 1995 in the village of Lovas, near Vukovar in Croatia. "This is the first time that former army members are being prosecuted," spokesman Bruno Vekaric told Reuters. "During the investigation, we had the largest number of witnesses ever. One hundred have testified, and 92 will take the stand at the trial," Vekaric said.

06 September 2010 by -

The trial of former Croatian general Ante Gotovina at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has concluded amid allegations of underhand tactics by the prosecution. Against the rules of a criminal trial, the prosecution brought new arguments in the closing statement.

Gotovina (54) has been on trial at the ICTY since March 2008. He is charged with organising a campaign of murder and plundering which had driven up to 200,000 ethnic Serbs from the Krajina region of Croatia in 1995.

25 August 2010 by -

Prosecutors of the first Khmer Rouge commander to face a UN-backed trial have appealed against his prison sentence for being too lenient. They claim that “undue weight” was placed on mitigating circumstances.

Judges in the trial chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) found Kaing Guek Eav guilty of murder, torture, rape, crimes against humanity and other charges as chief of S-21 camp in the 1970s. The 67-year-old, also known as Comrade Duch, oversaw up to 14,000 deaths in Cambodia. In a statement prosecutors said:

25 August 2010 by -

Judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia have ordered an independent investigation following complaints from witnesses that they have been intimidated by prosecutors.

Although the probe was ordered in late June, it only resurfaced when the matter was raised recently by a journalist at a news conference.