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Introduction 

Le 15 janvier 2019, la Chambre de première instance de la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) a prononcé l’acquittement de l’ancien président ivoirien Laurent Gbagbo et son principal bras droit, monsieur Charles Blé Goudé et a ordonné leur libération immédiate. Les deux hommes étaient poursuivis pour crimes contre l’humanité commis dans le contexte de la crise post-électorale ivoirienne de 2010 qui a fait plus de 3000 morts. Arrêtés respectivement en 2011 (Gbagbo) et en 2013 (Blé Goudé),...

Steven W.S. Kayuni [1]

Let me start with the following proposition: Every interpretation of the Rome Statute and/or procedural mechanism leading to an acquittal at the ICC is brave. It confirms the apparent perceptions and animus of the framers of the Rome Statute i.e. a new experiment in global justice that is not characterized by the traditional dialectic of north and south, rich and poor, first world and third world, Great Powers and everyone else but genuinely egalitarian in structure and profo...

Présentation des faits

Sur la base d’un mandat d’arrêt délivré le 7 décembre 2018 par la CPI, les autorités françaises ont procédé, le 12 décembre 2018, à l’arrestation de Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona, un ancien coordinateur  du groupe armé Anti Balaka et ancien ministre des sports du Président François Bozizé (2003-2013).

L’intéressé est soupçonné de crimes de guerre et de crimes contre l’humanité qui auraient été commis dans l’ouest de la RCA entre septembre 2013 et décembre 2014. Il e...

2018-11-27

1. The facts

In the Central African Republic (CAR) II situation, Albert Yekatom alias ‘Rambo’, the former leader of the Anti-Balaka militia, was surrendered by CAR authorities to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 17 November 2018, to answer for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the western part of CAR between December 2013 and December 2014.

This surrender was carried out following a warrant of arrest issued, under seal, by the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II, against Yeka...

MONDAY, 22 October 2018 marked a significant day for international criminal justice in the Central African Republic (CAR). It marked the first session of the Cour Pénale Spéciale de la République Centrafricaine or Special Criminal Court (SCC), a hybrid tribunal integrated into the CAR's domestic legal system. Now that the SCC is up and running, it represents an opportunity to ensure accountability for international crimes and justice for the victims of such crimes in the CAR since 2003.

T...

1. Introduction

In its judgment of 8 June 2018, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) acquitted Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by his troops between October 2002 and March 2003 in the Central African Republic (CAR). The Mouvement de Liberation du Congo (MLC), an erstwhile armed group based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and chaired by Bemba, was invited to intervene in the CAR and support President Ange-Félix...

2018-3-24

The African Union (“AU”) recently resolved to request for an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice (“ICJ”) through the UN General Assembly (“UNGA”) on the question of the relationship between Articles 27 and 98 of the Rome Statute. This signals hope for a final resolution of the seemingly unresolved question of the immunity of heads of state of non-state parties from arrest by state parties to the Rome Statute.

The ICC’s decisions on this issue have been inconsistent and unpredic...

The divergence of opinion regarding head of state immunity for international crimes remained in the headlines in the month of February. In particular, there have been two seemingly conflicting developments on this front in Africa:

1. AU request for advisory opinion on head of state immunity

At the beginning of February at the 30th African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government, the African Union decided to pursue a request for an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice on the...

Here is a link to a nice short article (also containing a link to a longer academic version) on the International Criminal Court and reparations for victims of international crimes with a view to the 'imminent' reparations decision in the Bemba case.  

The 16th session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute took place from 4-14 December 2017 in New York. The ASP meets once a year and represents the ICC's management oversight and legislative body. It provides an avenue for state parties to consider inter alia proposals to amend the Rome Statute, the activation of the Court's jurisdiction over the crime of aggression, and the budget of the Court.

Here is a quick overview of significant developments at this year's ASP:

- The crim...

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