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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Ex-warlord Found Ineligible to Run for Presidency

(Sept. 5, 2018) On August 24, 2018, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Independent National Electoral Commission (Commission Electorale Nationale Independente, CENI) declared Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo ineligible to run in the country’s upcoming presidential election. (Décision No. 028/CENI/BUR/18 du 24 août 2018 déclarant irrecevable les candidatures des indépendants, des partis, et des regroupements politiques à […]

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Party Names Ex-warlord for Presidential Election Following ICC Acquittal

(Aug. 29, 2018) On June 8, 2018, the International Criminal Court (ICC) Appeals Chamber acquitted Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, former vice president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), of the charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. (Press Release, ICC, ICC Appeals Chamber Acquits Mr. Bemba from [sic] Charges of War Crimes and […]

ICC: Jurisdiction over Crime of Aggression Activated

(Dec. 26, 2017) The Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) met at United Nations headquarters from December 4 to 14, 2017. (Press Release, Assembly Activates Court’s Jurisdiction over Crime of Aggression, ICC website (Dec. 15, 2017).) The Assembly “is the Court’s management oversight and legislative body and […]

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 […]