- IBA Report on ICC’s Reliance on Live Witness Testimony
A new International Bar Association (IBA) report published today examines and assesses the achievements, challenges and needs of witnesses in cases before the International Criminal Court (ICC), and finds that the ICC’s extensive reliance on witnesses is fraught with challenges. Reiterated throughout the Report is the issue of the ICC’s heavy reliance on live witnesses’ testimonies. However, the IBA also includes reference to the prosecution’s commitment to sourcing forms of credible and reliable evidence other than witness testimonies.
Entitled, Witnesses before the International Criminal Court, the IBA report is the result of comprehensive research and consultations with ICC officials and other key stakeholders. It will be launched at a high-level roundtable discussion at The Hague Institute for Global Justice on 15 July 2013 in the approach to the Day of International Criminal Justice (17 July). Participating in the event Witnesses under threat? An open discussion on the ICC’s efforts and challenges in managing and protecting its witnesses will be key ICC officials, members of The Hague’s diplomatic community, and leading ICC experts. Discussion will focus on the Report’s key findings; the specific recommendations made to the Assembly of States Parties (ASP), the organs of the Court, and the host state (the Netherlands); and the complex issues around organising and protecting witnesses.
For further information please contact Romana St. Matthew – Daniel.
- ADC-ICTY Newsletter
The ADC-ICTY (Association of Defence Counsel practicing before the ICTY) published its latest newsletter. ADC-ICTY Newsletter Issue 49 covers recent trial developments before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), including new Defence witnesses in the Karadžić case, new Prosecution witnesses in the Mladić and Hadžić cases as well as the Appeal hearing in the Lukić case.
The newsletter also addresses recent events at other international tribunals and at the International Criminal Court, as well as general international law updates.
- Doughty Street Chambers Human Rights Bulletin
Doughty Street Chambers has published its latest “Human Rights Bulletin”, summarizing key human rights decisions in UK courts as well as in European courts and internationally. The bulletin was prepared by pupils at Doughty Street Chambers Graeme Hall, Sam Jacobs and Tim Cooke-Hurl. It is available here.
- Publication: International Judicial Integration and Fragmentation
This book asks whether the growing number of international judicial bodies renders decisions that are largely consistent with one another, which factors influence this (in)consistency, and what this tells us about the development of international law by international courts and tribunals.
It answers these questions by focusing on three areas of law, genocide, immunities, and the use of force, as in each of these areas different international judicial entities have dealt with cases stemming from the same situation and set of facts.
The work focuses on four main courts: the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which often interpret, apply, and develop the same legal principles, despite their different mandates and functions.
It argues that judicial fragmentation is damaging to the international legal system, as coherent and compatible pronouncements on the law by international courts are vital to retaining the confidence of the international community. Ultimately, the book makes a plea for the importance of judicial integration for the stability and reliability of the international legal system.
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- New Report on UN Security Council and the ICC
The UC Irvine School of Law International Justice Clinic has just released The Council and the Court: Improving Security Council Support of the International Criminal Court, a report designed to answer critical questions about how the UN Security Council may improve its support of the International Criminal Court (ICC): What steps may be taken to convert the rhetorical and political support of the Council to concrete measures supporting Court activities? How may supporters build lasting support for the Court on the Council? How can strong support be developed without compromising the ICC’s independence? What kind of efforts might be helpful to build lasting support in perceived-to-be reluctant capitals, especially Beijing and Moscow?
The result of a project supported by Humanity United, and involving a collaboration with the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, The Council and the Court explores the relationship between the two institutions and offers proposals to build a sustainable relationship between them, one that is sensitive to the Court’s mandates of accountability and independence and the Council’s mandate of maintaining international peace and security. It addresses factors that animate the Council’s relationship with the Court, highlighting legal, political, and diplomatic dynamics that shape support for the Court on the Security Council. It offers principles that should govern the Council-Court relationship, steps the Council and others may adopt to improve the Council’s support of the Court, and recommendations to engage China and Russia in developing a sustainable relationship between the institutions of security and justice.