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South Africa: Notice of Withdrawal from the Rome Statute Revoked

(Mar. 10, 2017) On March 7, 2017, the South African government revoked the notice of withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (the Rome Statute) that it had  submitted to the United Nations Secretary-General on October 19, 2016.  (South Africa: Withdrawal of Notification of Withdrawal, C.N.121.2017.TREATIES-XVIII.10 (Depositary Notification) (Mar. 7, 2017), United […]

ICC: Milestone Guilty Verdict Treats Rape as a War Crime

(Apr. 14, 2016) On March 21, 2016, the three-member Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court (ICC), in what has been described as a landmark ruling, unanimously declared the former Vice President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, “guilty beyond any reasonable doubt of two counts of crimes against humanity (murder […]

Mexico: Bill on Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court

(Apr. 8, 2016) In February 2016, a bill was introduced in Mexico’s House of Representatives aimed at amending article 21, paragraph 8, of the Mexican Constitution, which governs the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Mexico. (Iniciativa que reforma el artículo 21 de la Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos, suscrita por […]

Cote d’Ivoire: Former First Lady to Be Tried for Crimes Against Humanity

(Mar. 30, 2016) The former first lady of the Cote d’Ivoire, Simone Gbagbo, is facing a charge of crimes against humanity, with a trial scheduled for April 25, 2016. Ghagbo has already been given a sentence of 20 years of imprisonment for attacking state authority, a charge that stemmed from the disputed elections and the […]

International Criminal Court: Possible First War Crimes Trial for Destruction of Religious or Cultural Heritage

(Mar. 14, 2016) On March 1, 2016, the International Criminal Court (ICC), opened a confirmation of charges hearing against Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi. (Press Release, ICC, Confirmation of Charges Hearing in the Case of The Prosecutor v. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi: Audio-Visual Materials and Photographs (Mar. 1, 2016).) Al Mahdi, as he preferred […]

Palestinian Territory, occupied: Possibility of Joining the International Criminal Court

(Oct. 15, 2014) Recent media reports quoted the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, as committing himself to taking Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC) if his demand to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories fails at the United Nations Security Council. (Abbas Vows to Join the International Criminal Court If He Fails at the […]

International Criminal Court: Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Crime

(June 13, 2014) On June 6, 2014, Fatou Bensouda, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), issued a Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes. According to an ICC press release, the new document “will guide the Office of the Prosecutor … in fighting against impunity for sexual and gender-based crimes, and promote […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; International Criminal Court: Militia Leader Convicted of War Crimes

(Mar. 20, 2014) On March 7, 2014, the International Criminal Court (ICC) convicted Germain Katanga, a former militia leader in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, of four counts of war crimes and one crime against humanity. He was acquitted of other charges, including using child soldiers, rape, and sexual slavery. The decision, delivered by […]