ICC & ICL Programme News and Events

News Releases Archive ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


10 June 2021 | ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda inspires next generation of criminal lawyers at start of IBA ICC Moot Court 

4 June 2021 | ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to open virtual annual IBA ICC Moot Court Competition 

7 April 2021 | IBA welcomes removal of sanctions on ICC Prosecutor and senior official  

18 March 2021 | IBA elevates partnership with Grotius Centre to stage annual moot court competition  

22 February 2021 | IBA welcomes election of ICC officials

4 February 2021 | Lord's Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen convicted at the International Criminal Court 


3 September 2020 | IBA calls on states to push back against US sanctions on ICC Prosecutor and official

29 June 2020 | A new report highlights the need for state cooperation with international courts

16 June 2020| IBA 2020 ICC Moot Court Memorial Award winners celebrated in virtual event

12 June 2020 | IBA condemns US President’s Executive Order authorising sanctions against International Criminal Court personnel

16 April 2020 | ICC Independent Expert Review group called on to strengthen fair trials and equality of arms


9 December 2019 | IBA urges State Parties’ cooperation and greater support for the International Criminal Court

6 November 2019 | Global organisations gather at The Hague to discuss solutions to bullying and sexual harassment

21 October 2019 | IBA holds Expert Roundtable and launches report exploring release at different stages of proceedings


13 June 2018 | Mina Karabit to receive 2018 IBA Award for Best Oralist in ICC Moot Court Competition

14 May 2018 | IBA Hague Office to mark Rome Statute 20th anniversary with push to wider audience of ICC equality of arms issues

1 March 2018 | IBA Hague Office welcomes the first International Criminal Court agreement on the release of persons after acquittal


21 December 2017 | Closure of Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia marks end of important chapter for international justice

21 November 2017 | ICC receives 2017 Stockholm Human Rights Award and discusses investigation into Afghanistan in Q&A

7 September 2017 | International Criminal Court to receive 2017 Stockholm Human Rights Award

2 June 2017 | New IBA Award for Best Oralist in ICC Moot Competition given to Samantha Ann Tirthdas


15 November 2016 | IBA panel discusses evidence in international criminal trials at ASP15

5 September 2016 | IBA call for contributions to the ICC Trust Fund for Family Visits 21 April 2016 | IBA attends official opening of the permanent premises of the International Criminal Court


21 December 2015 | The IBA reflects on the closure and legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

20 November 2015 | Address to the plenary on cooperation during the 14th session of the ICC's Assembly of States Parties

16 November 2015 | Towards an ICC Association of Counsel (An IBA discussion paper), November 2015

16 October 2015 | IBA concerned by South Africa’s plan to withdraw from the International Criminal Court

24 July 2015 | Q&A with Dr. Mark Ellis, Executive Director of the International Bar Association (IBA) and author of Sovereignty and Justice


17 April 2014 | First International Criminal Court agreement on interim release of detainees welcomed by IBA


November 2013 | IBA ICC Programme reports on fair trial developments at ASP12

25 September 2013 | IBA welcomes the adoption of the Code of Conduct for the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

23 September 2013 | IBA calls upon Libya to cooperate with the International Criminal Court

​​​​​​​11 June 2013 | ICC’s reliance on live witness testimony at a crossroads states new IBA report

28 March 2013 | IBA welcomes voluntary surrender and appearance of Bosco Ntaganda before ICC


21 December 2012 | IBA says Ngudjolo decision is consistent with the principles of due process and the rule of law

28 November 2012 | IBA applauds legal profession’s contribution to ICC’s success and urges lawyers to do even more to support the Court

2 July 2012 | Release of ICC Staff in Libya welcomed by IBAHRI

12 June 2012 | IBAHRI calls for immediate release of four ICC staff detained in Libya

14 March 2012 | IBA welcomes conclusion of ICC’s first trial; despite procedural hurdles, the Lubanga case is a symbolic achievement for the Court


June 2011 | IBA calls for unified policy on public statements at the ICC

24 May | In the Dock: Defence Rights at the ICC – a new IBA film

25 January 2011 | IBA Report supports establishment of a Study Group to review and improve efficiency and effectiveness of the ICC


23 March 2010 | 'Include the defence perspective in the Review Conference discussions’, IBA urges delegates attending the resumed session of the 8th Assembly of States Parties in New York

March 2010 | Legal profession of African Union’s new Chair stands firm on commitment to the adoption of Rome Statute implementation legislation

March 2010 | IBA says States Parties must lead the way in strengthening and sustaining the ICC


November 2009| IBA report concludes publicity is important for justice and recommends the ICC place more information in the public domain

July 2009 | Mozambique should ratify the Rome Statute says country’s lawyers

June 2009 | IBA encouraged by the progress of ICC’s first case but says Court still faced with many obstacles

March 2009 | Arrest warrant against President al-Bashir targets impunity, not Africa says IBA

January 2009 | IBA hails start of ICC’s first trial as landmark development in international law


December 2008 | Lawyers from Southern Africa call on African countries and the UN Security Council to support the ICC

November 2008 | IBA launches e-magazine on International Criminal Court matters for lawyers

November 2008 | IBA welcomes Trial Chamber’s decision to lift stay of proceedings in the Lubanga case

November 2008 | IBA says all states parties to the ICC must adopt implementing legislation as a matter of urgency

November 2008 | IBA says confidentiality and disclosure challenges in DRC cases were a major setback for the ICC, and the Court needs to press ahead to start its first trial

July 2008 | IBA urges speedy resolution of outstanding procedural issues before ICC

June 2008 | Trial Chamber's decision to stay proceedings in Lubanga case is clear indication of ICC's commitment to uphold fair trial rights, says IBA

May 2008 | ICC calls for closer dialogue with IBA member bars

April 2008 | IBA calls upon Ugandan Government to act decisively to enforce outstanding arrest warrants against Joseph Kony and top LRA leaders


November 2007 | IBA calls on the Assembly of States Parties to approve proposed reform to the ICC legal aid programme

October 2007 | IBA calls on states to ratify Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

May 2007 | IBA advises ICC to deepen outreach activities in Sudan and Uganda ​​​​​​​


September 2006 | IBA releases second report on the proceedings of the International Criminal Court

June 2006 | IBA releases first report on Outreach and the ICC ​​​​​​​

April 2006 | IBA issues first report on  the International Criminal Court ​​​​​​​

Events and Campaigns​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Seeing Justice Through: long-term issues in international justice

An IBA ICC & ICL Programme Experts’ Roundtable Discussion addressing theory, practice, and future perspectives. This event, held on 21 October 2019, was supported by the IBA War Crimes Committee.

Fair Trials and Complementarity Experts’ Roundtable Discussion

On 6 July 2017, the International Bar Association (IBA) Hague Office organised ‘Fair Trials and Complementarity: An Experts’ Roundtable Discussion addressing Practice, Challenges and Future Perspectives’. The event was attended by 100 delegates including judges, senior officials and staff of international criminal courts and tribunals, diplomats, civil society, and academics.

‘Experts’ Roundtable on trials in absentia in international criminal justice

On 8 June 2016, the International Bar Association International Criminal Court and International Criminal Law Programme convened an ‘Experts’ Roundtable on trials in absentia in international criminal justice’ at The Hague Institute for Global Justice.

Roundtable discussion - Witnesses under threat?

On 15 July 2013, the IBA ICC Programme hosted Witnesses under threat? a roundtable discussion on the ICC’s efforts and challenges in managing and protecting witnesses. The event, held at The Hague Institute for Global Justice, marked the launch of the Programme’s latest report, ‘Witnesses before the International Criminal Court’, which encourages reflection on the Court’s reliance on witnesses, assesses its challenges and accomplishments in supporting, protecting and managing witnesses, and provides recommendations for the way forward.

Roundtable discussion - Raising the Bar: Assessing the relationship between lawyers and the ICC after ten years

On 20 November 2012, the IBA ICC Programme held a panel discussion to launch its report Counsel Matters at the ICC: The role of lawyers in establishing international criminal courts and safeguarding their legacy, during the 1th Assembly of States Parties (ASP) Meeting, in The Hague.

Roundtable discussion - Great Expectations: exploring individual and mutual responsibilities of states and the ICC

The IBA hosted an experts’ roundtable discussion entitled ‘Great Expectations: exploring individual and mutual responsibilities of states and the International Criminal Court’ on 30 November 2010, at the Peace Palace, The Hague. The panel – comprising ICC Second Vice-President Hans-Peter Kaul, Ambassador of Ireland and ASP Facilitator on Cooperation Mary Whelan, University of Amsterdam Professor Göran Sluiter and ICC International Cooperation Adviser from the Office of the Prosecutor Olivia Swaak-Goldman

Calling African Female Lawyers - IBA/ICC campaign

On 12 May 2010, the IBA and the International Criminal Court (ICC) launched a campaign to encourage qualified African women lawyers to apply for admission to the ICC List of Counsel and Lists of Assistants to Counsel. The campaign was launched during a press conference held at the ICC in The Hague.

Reflections on the 2010 Review Conference: legacy, impact and sustainability of the Rome Statute System

On 19 January 2010 the IBA ICC Programme organised a roundtable discussion on ‘Reflections on the 2010 Review Conference: legacy, impact, and sustainability of the Rome Statute System’. The event featured: Judge Philippe Kirsch, Ambassador Jorge Lomonaco, Ambassador Stephen Rapp and Professor William Schabas. Prior to the Roundtable Discussion, The IBA was able to secure exclusive interviews with the US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes, Stephen Rapp and the former ICC President.

Roundtable discussion - Making the ICC a global reality through cooperation: perspectives, challenges & strategies

On 12 November 2008, the IBA Roundtable Discussion on ‘Making the ICC a global reality through cooperation: perspectives, challenges and strategies’. The event featured a high-profile panel of experts including the ICC Registrar; the Head of the Jurisdiction, Cooperation and Complementarity Section of the ICC Office of the Prosecutor; the Director of the International Justice Program for Human Rights Watch; and the Focal Point for Cooperation appointed by the Assembly of States Parties. A keynote address was delivered by Judge Theodor Meron, President of the Appeals Chamber for the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. The discussion was moderated by Heikelina Verrijn Stuart and attended by a diverse audience of more than one hundred people. Held under Chatham House rules, the discussion focused on the duty of cooperation imposed by the Rome Statute, the need to enact ICC implementing legislation, best practices and lessons learned on cooperation and technical assistance between States Parties. In addition, timing of enforcement of court’s decision and arrest warrants were said to be the main challenges, together with effective judicial cooperation and standardised cooperation procedures.

Roundtable discussion - Right to Defence & Equality of Arms before the International Criminal Court

The IBA roundtable discussion of November 2007 represented the first opportunity issues on the role of the defence and defence counsel before the ICC were publicly discussed.