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As reported last week, Pre-Trial Chamber (PTC) II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) found that South Africa had failed to meet its obligation to arrest and surrender Sudan's President Omar Al-Bashir (Al-Bashir) when he attended the African Union (AU) Summit in South Africa in June 2015. Al-Bashir is suspected of various crimes under the ICC's substantive jurisdiction, including genocide.

The decision was highly anticipated and the finding of non-compliance on the part of South Africa widely...

2017-7-06

As widely expected, the ICC today found that South Africa had failed to comply with it's obligations under the Rome Statute through its failure to arrest and surrender Omar Al-Bashir in June 2015. However, a more surprising aspect of the decision is the fact that, in the Court's view, a referral to the Assembly of State Parties or the UN Security Council was not warranted in view of the specifics facts surrounding the case. In this regard, the Chamber reasoned broadly as follows [para. 139]: 

"In s...

It is reported that Zambia will not withdraw from the ICC. This comes of the back of a national consultative process concerning Zambia's withdrawal from the Court. It is particularly striking that 91,43% of petitioners were opposed to Zambia's withdrawal. This goes to show that - while there still seems to be support for mass withdrawal among various African states' political representatives (made evident through the AU's earlier non-binding recommendation to withdraw) - such support may...

2017-7-01

See here for a good piece by Mayesha Alam over at Just Security on the situation concerning Saif al Islam Gaddafi in Libya.

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