July 13, 2020

The wheels of justice

“As the world continues to navigate the uncertain and unprecedented era of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the wheels of justice have continued to turn at the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) and in my Office in particular.  We have made every effort to adapt to the current reality of a virtual world, and the Office has maintained a notable degree of business continuity despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, including the closure of the ICC premises since March.” Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor, at the International Criminal Court.

Passing of Felipe Michelini, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims at the International Criminal Court

The Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) at the International Criminal Court (ICC) announces with great sadness the passing of Felipe Michelini, Chair of the Board of Directors, on Sunday, 19 April 2020.  We mourn with deep regret the untimely departure of Felipe Michelini, as we stay behind in shock from the sudden loss of his warmth, engagement and leadership.  Felipe Michelini was first elected to the TFV Board of Directors in 2015. Upon re-election in December 2018, he became the Chair of the Board. TFV Board members Mama Koité Doumbia, Baroness Arminka Helić, Sheikh Mohamed Belal and Gocha Lordkipanidze are…

The Rohingya investigation by the International Criminal Court

In the picture Mr. Phakiso Mochochoko, the Director of Jurisdiction, Complementary and Cooperation Division of the ICC Office of the Prosecutor. By Aurore Heugas. In November 2019, the International Criminal Court (ICC) granted a request to open an investigation to find out the truth about alleged crimes committees against the Rohingya.  On February 4, Director of Jurisdiction at the Complementary and Cooperation Division of the ICC Office of the Prosecutor, Phakiso Mochochoko, gave a press conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to offer more details about what the investigation will entail. “Investigator from the Office of the Prosecutor will now seek to…

ICC hosts Seventh International Meetings of the Defence

On 15 November 2019, the Seventh International Meetings of the Defence was hosted at the International Criminal Court (ICC)’s headquarters in The Hague, The Netherlands, organised by the ICC’s Office of Public Counsel for the Defence (OPCD) in partnership with the Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), and with the support of the International Criminal Court Bar Association (ICCBA), and the Association of Defence Counsel practising before the International Courts and Tribunals (ADC-ICT). The event was attended approximately by 60 Defence Counsels, Bar Associations representatives, international criminal law defence office staff, and experts in international criminal justice.  …