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ICC-ASP17: States Parties’ rhetorical commitments not matched by actions

    ICC-ASP17: States Parties’ rhetorical commitments not matched by actions   This year’s Assembly of States Parties session took place following renewed attacks on the Court by the USA, and ‘threats to the Court’ were high on the agenda. However, it appears that the biggest threat to the Court’s effectiveness comes from within the […]

Amnesty International

The problematic formulation of persecution under the Draft Convention on crimes against humanity

Amnesty International recommends the International Law Commission to remove the expression ‘in connection with any act referred to in this paragraph or in connection with the crime of genocide or war crimes’ from Draft article 3(1)(h), and codify the formulation of the crime of persecution as provided by customary international law – as an entirely independent crime.

Bemba fair trials ICC Appeals Chamber that on 8 June acquitted Mr Bemba from charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity

Making Sense of Command Responsibility 

In this fourth opinion piece on the Bemba Appeals Judgment , Amnesty’s International Justice Team considers the majority’s controversial findings on command responsibility in the context of the Trial Chamber’s problematic application of Article 28.

ICC Appeals Chamber that on 8 June acquitted Mr Bemba from charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity

Bemba case highlights challenges of charging sexual violence crimes

In this second opinion piece on the Bemba Appeals Judgment, Amnesty’s International Justice Team considers the majority’s finding that the conviction exceeded the scope of the charges confirmed pre-trial and its implications for future prosecutions of sexual and gender-based crimes.

ICC Appeals Chamber that on 8 June acquitted Mr Bemba from charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity

Lessons must be learned from the Bemba case as a whole

With this article, Amnesty’s International Justice Team introduce its series of opinion pieces examining key issues arising from the Bemba Appeals Judgment. This first piece outlines some general reflections on the Judgment and reactions to it.  In particular, it emphasises the need for the ICC to look beyond the controversies of the Appeal Judgment in order to identify the lessons learned. 

ICC ROME STATUTE 20TH ANNIVERSARY

The ICC at 20: All Roads Lead away from Rome 

Matt Cannock, Head of Amnesty’s Centre for International Justice, calls for an honest appraisal of the Court and Rome Statute’s first 20 years, a reinvigoration of a collective and even more inclusive ‘Post-Rome generation’ and creative reengagement with the Court with a view to the ‘ICC@40’