ICC & ICL Programme News and Events

News

  • IBA elevates partnership with Grotius Centre to stage annual moot court competition  

    18 March 2021

  • IBA welcomes election of ICC officials

    22 February 2021

  • Lord's Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen convicted at the International Criminal Court 

    4 February 2021

  • IBA calls on states to push back against US sanctions on ICC Prosecutor and official

    3 September 2020

  • IBA 2020 ICC Moot Court Memorial Award winners celebrated in virtual event

    16 June 2020

  • IBA condemns US President’s Executive Order authorising sanctions against International Criminal Court personnel

    12 June 2020

  • ICC Independent Expert Review group called on to strengthen fair trials and equality of arms

    15 April 2020

  • IBAHRI: United States must cease threats to International Criminal Court personnel and families

    19 March 2020

  • Global organisations gather at The Hague to discuss solutions to bullying and sexual harassment

    6 November 2019

  • IBA holds Expert Roundtable and launches report exploring release at different stages of proceedings

    21 October 2019

  • Mina Karabit to receive 2018 IBA Award for Best Oralist in ICC Moot Court Competition

    13 June 2018

  • IBA Hague Office to mark Rome Statute 20th anniversary with push to wider audience of ICC equality of arms issues

    14 May 2018

  • IBA Hague Office welcomes the first International Criminal Court agreement on the release of persons after acquittal

    1 March 2018

  • Closure of Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia marks end of important chapter for international justice

    21 December 2017

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

    21 November 2017

  • International Criminal Court to receive 2017 Stockholm Human Rights Award

    7 September 2017

  • New IBA Award for Best Oralist in ICC Moot Competition given to Samantha Ann Tirthdas

    02 June 2017

  • IBA panel discusses evidence in international criminal trials at ASP15

    15 November 2016

  • IBA call for contributions to the ICC Trust Fund for Family Visits

    5 September 2016

  • IBA attends official opening of the permanent premises of the International Criminal Court

    21 April 2016

  • The IBA reflects on the closure and legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

    21 December 2015

  • Address to the plenary on cooperation during the 14th session of the ICC's Assembly of States Parties

    20 November 2015

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

    16 November 2015

  • IBA concerned by South Africa’s plan to withdraw from the International Criminal Court

    16 October 2015

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

    24 July 2015

  • First International Criminal Court agreement on interim release of detainees welcomed by IBA

    17 April 2014

  • IBA ICC Programme reports on fair trial developments at ASP12

    November 2013

  • IBA welcomes the adoption of the Code of Conduct for the Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court

    25 September 2013

  • IBA calls upon Libya to cooperate with the International Criminal Court

    23 September 2013

  • ICC’s reliance on live witness testimony at a crossroads states new IBA report

    11 June 2013

  • IBA welcomes voluntary surrender and appearance of Bosco Ntaganda before ICC

    28 March 2013

  • IBA says Ngudjolo decision is consistent with the principles of due process and the rule of law

    21 December 2012

  • IBA applauds legal profession’s contribution to ICC’s success and urges lawyers to do even more to support the Court

    28 November 2012

  • Release of ICC Staff in Libya welcomed by IBAHRI

    02 July 2012

  • IBAHRI calls for immediate release of four ICC staff detained in Libya

    12 June 2012

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

    14 March 2012

  • IBA calls for unified policy on public statements at the ICC

    22 June 2011

  • In the Dock: Defence Rights at the ICC – a new IBA film

    25 May 2011

  • IBA Report supports establishment of a Study Group to review and improve efficiency and effectiveness of the ICC

    25 January 2011

  • '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

    23 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

    November 2009

  • Mozambique should ratify the Rome Statute says country’s lawyers

    July 2009

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

    June 2009

  • Arrest warrant against President al-Bashir targets impunity, not Africa says IBA

    March 2009

  • IBA hails start of ICC’s first trial as landmark development in international law

    January 2009

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

    December 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

    November 2008

  • IBA urges speedy resolution of outstanding procedural issues before ICC

    July 2008 Read more

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

    June 2008

  • ICC calls for closer dialogue with IBA member bars

    May 2008

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

    April 2008

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

    November 2007

  • IBA calls on states to ratify Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

    October 2007

  • IBAHRI welcomes the surrender of Germain Katanga to the International Criminal Court

    October 2007

  • IBAHRI calls on Government of Sudan to enforce ICC arrest warrants

    October 2007

  • IBA advises ICC to deepen outreach activities in Sudan and Uganda

    May 2007

  • IBA releases second report on the proceedings of the International Criminal Court

    September 2006

  • IBA Releases first report on Outreach and the ICC

    June 2006

  • IBA Issues First Report on International Criminal Court

    April 2006

  • A new report highlights the need for state cooperation with international courts

    A new report from the International Bar Association International Criminal Court and International Criminal Law (ICC & ICL) Programme calls for greater attention to be paid to the human rights of persons tried and convicted, or acquitted, by international courts and tribunals, and urges states to provide increased cooperation to such courts.

  • IBA Hague Office welcomes the first International Criminal Court agreement on the release of persons after acquittal

    The International Bar Association's (IBA) International Criminal Court and International Criminal Law (ICC & ICL) Programme, based in the IBA’s Hague Office, today welcomed the signing of agreements between Argentina and the ICC as means to facilitate the Court’s ability to realise the rights of the accused under the Rome Statute.

  • Closure of Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia marks end of important chapter for international justice – IBA

    News Release: Thursday 21 December 2017. Ahead of the upcoming closure of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) – established in May 1993 in response to flagrant violations of international humanitarian law occurring within the territory of the former Yugoslavia – International Bar Association (IBA) legal experts reflect on the contributions to international justice of the first war crimes court created by the United Nations.

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

    The 2017 Stockholm Human Rights Award has been presented to the International Criminal Court (‘ICC’ or ‘the Court’) – the only permanent international criminal court of last resort – in recognition of its advancement of international justice and strengthening of human rights. His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf made the presentation at a ceremony held in the Berwaldhallen concert hall in Stockholm, Sweden on 20 November 2017.

  • International Criminal Court to receive 2017 Stockholm Human Rights Award

    News release: Thursday 7 September 2017. The winner of the 2017 Stockholm Human Rights Award is announced as the ICC by the International Bar Association, co-sponsor of the award. In Stockholm, Sweden, on 20 November 2017, the Principals of the ICC – the President, Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi; the Prosecutor, Dr Fatou Bensouda, and the Registrar, Mr Herman von Hebel – will receive the award on behalf of the ICC.

  • IBA attends official opening of the permanent premises of the International Criminal Court News Release: Thursday 21 April 2016. The International Bar Association (IBA) was among a select group of civil society organisations to join the official opening ceremony of the permanent premises of the International Criminal Court (ICC or the Court) in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 19 April 2016.

  • Events and Campaigns

    IBA urges State Parties’ cooperation and greater support for the International Criminal Court

    A newly published paper by the IBA's ICC & ICL Programme calls for increased support for the...

    Seeing Justice Through: long-term issues in international justice

    21 October 2019, Peace Palace, The Hague
    An IBA ICC & ICL Programme Experts’ Roundtable Discussion addressing theory, practice, and future perspectives. This event 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.

    The Role of the UPR in advancing human rights in the administration of justice

    Thursday 17 March 2016, 1600h-1800h. The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations invite you to the launch of the IBAHRI report, 'The Role of the Universal Periodic Review in advancing human rights in the administration of justice'. Room XXIV, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

    Human Rights: Can we go it alone?

    Human Rights: Can we go it alone? Thursday 10 September - Following the General Election, a national debate has arisen in the UK regarding the suitability of the Human Rights Act and the country's relationship with the European Court of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights. For our 20th Anniversary Speaker Session, the IBAHRI delved deeper into this debate by asking whether regional mechanisms are an essential part of human rights protection, or can countries 'go it alone'?

    Roundtable discussion - Witnesses under threat? 15 July 2013

    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 recommen

    Rountable discussion - Raising the Bar: Assessing the relationship between lawyers and the ICC after ten years, November 2012

    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, Nov 2010

    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, January 2010

    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.

    Rountable discussion - Making the ICC a global reality through cooperation: perspectives, challenges & strategies, November 2008

    On 12 November 2008, the IBA Roundtable Discussion on ‘Making the ICC a global reality through cooperation: perspectives, challenges and strategies’.

    Roundtable discussion - Right to Defence & Equality of Arms before the International Criminal Court, November 2007

    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.