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A painter spruces up the former premises of the The Hague Institute for Global Justice to ready it for a new tenant after the demise of the institute (Photo: Janet Anderson)
06 April 2018 by Irene van der Linde and Tjitske Lingsma

In 2011 a new prestigious institution - The Hague Institute for Global Justice - was set up with huge ambitions and 20 million euros of Dutch government funding. But after only a few years, the institute is broke and Dutch politicians are asking questions in parliament. How did such a high-profile think-tank end up as a white elephant?

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In 2012 ICC judges in the case against Germaine Katanga visited Ituri in eastern Congo (Photo: Flicker/ICC-CPI)
29 March 2018 by Benjamin Duerr, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have decided not to hold “in situ“ hearings in Eastern Congo where much of the court’s attention for the past fifteen years has been focused. As violence in the region is increasing, questions arise as to what impact the court has had and whether it will ever be able to hold hearings closer to the victims.

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Former LRA commander Dominic Ongwen at the start of his ICC trial in 2016 (Photo: Flickr/ICC-CPI)
15 March 2018 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

The prosecution is wrapping up its case against Dominic Ongwen, a former commander of the Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army almost a year after the trial started at the International Criminal Court (ICC). In the coming weeks they will call three experts who have assessed whether Ongwen suffered a mental disorder at the time of the alleged atrocities which destroyed his capacity to understand he committed crimes. 

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ICC premises (Photo: Flickr/ICC-CPI)
28 February 2018 by Benjamin Duerr, The Hague (The Netherlands)

A defence counsel at the International Criminal Court has been sanctioned by the court’s disciplinary board for sexually harassing one of his younger, female colleagues. The case exposes the lack of rules about sexual harassment for defence lawyers at the ICC. As the #MeToo debate reaches the international courts, prominent defence lawyers are campaigning for stronger regulations.

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ICC Trial Chamber III declares Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity (Photo: Flickr/ICC-CPI)
18 February 2018 by Janet H. Anderson, The Hague (The Netherlands)

“The first one slept with me, and he ejaculated in me. Then the second one came to do the same thing. He ejaculated in me. And finally the third one did the same thing as the two earlier ones had done.”

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Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte shows a copy of a diagram showing the connection of high level drug syndicates (Photo: Flickr/KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photographers Division)
09 February 2018 by Stephanie van den Berg

The International Criminal Court (ICC) took another step this week away from its much-criticized Africa focus that could take the court beyond armed conflict situations and into the tactics used in peacetime by state security forces and police against alleged drug gangs and attacks on dissidents when it announced it was opening preliminary examinations in the Philippines and Venezuela.

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  Boys playing with toy guns run into a village alley in Bagram, Afghanistan, 2009 (Photo: Flickr/UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein)
30 January 2018 by Stephanie van den Berg

Judges at the international Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague are set to consider whether the prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will be allowed to open a case into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan after she filed her request last November. With her request the court also opened the procedure for victims’ representation where those who may be directly concerned by the specific situation can register to have their views and concerns regarding a possible investigation heard. But on the eve of January 31 – the deadline for such submissions – victims’ organizations and observers on the ground say the court is not doing enough to reach the thousands of people affected.

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ICTY prosecutor Serge Brammertz (Photo: Flickr/ICTY)
13 November 2017 by Boro Kontic

On the eve of the verdict in the case of Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic ICTY prosecutor Serge Brammertz has given a lengthy interview to Serbian and Bosnian media. Here is shortened version of the interview conducted by Boro Kontic which has appeared in Novi magazine and Oslobodjenje newspaper. 

 

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Nearly 300 000 have fled Burundi since the election-related violence of April 2015 to refugee camps in Tanzania (Photo: Flickr/EU/ECHO/Anouk Delafortrie)
23 October 2017 by Benjamin Duerr, The Hague (The Netherlands)

As Burundi becomes the first country to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC) this week, the withdrawal is a test case for the commitment of the international community to global justice. Will there be consequences for the country?

The first ever member state is about to leave the ICC silently. About a year ago the Burundian government decided to withdraw from the Rome Statute, the ICC's founding treaty. It notified the United Nations, where the treaty is deposited, and now, one year later on 27 October, the withdrawal comes into effect.

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Families of disappeared persons, murder victims and victims of human rights abuses during a visit of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Coahuila Mexico in September 2015 (Photo: Flickr/Ginnette Riquelme/CIDH)
26 September 2017 by Janet H. Anderson, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Every few weeks it seems one NGO or another is lobbying to get its issue onto the agenda of the ICC’s prosecutor. It’s a tribute to the way that the International Criminal Court has come to be seen as an avenue for justice. But it also means that there’s a lot of noise, without necessarily much action. 

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