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El pasado viernes 13 de Mayo, Francisco Puchol, miembro número 100686 del Colegio de Abogados Penal Internacional, recibió, la Cruz al Merito en el servicio de la Abogacía por parte del Pleno del Consejo.

El acto se llevó a cabo en el Salón de Actos de la Ciudad de la Justicia Valenciana.

Francisco, ha recibido este reconocimiento por su impecable trayectoria como abogado, especializado en materias civil y mercantil, así como Arbitro y Mediador. Con esta medalla, el BPI-ICB-CAPI sigue creciendo gracias a sus miembros.

Muchas felicidades Paco!!


From the BPI we want to show our support for the family attorney John Jones QC, and for that reason, we publish the letter written by Aurora Bewicke letter for him.

A loss both truly personal and global.

There are few people I have met that touched me the way John did, intellectually, as a role model, and as so much more. In the past 10 years, hardly a day has gone by I haven’t thought of him.

From the story of how we met, with his accidentally mispronouncing a Chinese word, turning into something quite comical, to our trips together around Europe-flying me to Switzerland to eat oysters and drink champagne or hiking on the far north islands on The Netherlands, to our mutual passion for international law, with me looking up to him in so many ways, and even on to him spending time with my father.

After parting ways, I thought of him every step of my career, following in his steps in subtle ways, from building languages, to working with the UN, taking on political criminal defense cases, including once almost ending up on the same case, and even pursuing a degree at Oxford.

He introduced me to the International Criminal Bar, many of the members now having become like family.

I do not know why he has departed this earth, but I still hold his spirit close to mine, wish that his memories live on, and pray his family and friends find peace in this shared loss.


Notre Secrétaire Général, Mr. Philippe Currat a envoyé cet e-mail pour informer sur prochaine visite au Cameroun et la conférence tenue sur "LE DROIT DES VICTIMES DEVANT LES JURIDICTIONS PÉNALES INTERNATIONALES"  et "LA REPARATION DES VIOLATIONS GRAVES DES DROITS DE L’HOMME".

The Arab Lawyers Union, member of the ICB, condems trought this press release the attacks carried out by the Daesh in Brussels, Belgium on the 22nd of March.

The ALU General Secretariat condemns, in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in the Belgium capital, the headquarters of the European Union, Brussels. Where it targeted civilians at the airport and metro stations at the morning rush time. These attacks left large numbers of deaths and casualties. It was followed by a declaration of a state of maximum alert and the closure of the borders. Other European countries, also, declared strict security measures in anticipation of expected attacks. These criminal operations just follow the announcement of arresting of the mastermind of Paris last year the attacks, Salah Abdel-Salam.

Works of the fifth session of member states have been inaugurated in Hague on Wednesday, morning, 16th November 2016.

Head of the session has delivered speech as well as Prince Zaid Bin Raad, the higher delegate of the United Nations for Human Rights in Geneva, President of the Court Silvia Gormandi and General Prosecutor of the Court Judge/ Vatu Bensoda in the opening session. The following are the main matters discussed in the session:

Russia says it is withdrawing its signature from the founding statute of the International Criminal Court.

Moscow signed the Statute of Rome in 2000 but never ratified it.

Officials are quoted as saying the Hague-based tribunal is not “truly independent” and has not lived up the hopes of the international community.

International Criminal Court (ICC) judges will hear the evidence of two witnesses as part of the sentencing hearing for Jean-Pierre Bemba, the former Congolese vice president who was last March found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The judges will also hear the views and concerns of two victims. However, judges rejected a request by Bemba’s lawyers to recall two individuals who testified for the defense during the trial.

Today, 4 May 2016, a ceremony was held at the site of the new premises of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, the Netherlands, to mark the May 1940 bombings of the Dutch military barracks formerly located at the site. The ceremony included remarks from ICC Registrar Herman von Hebel, Brig Gen G.W. van Keulen, and the Mayor of The Hague, Mr Jozias van Aartsen, and the unveiling of a plaque in honor of those who lost their lives during the attack. 

Today, the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia acquitted of the 9 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity attributed to him by the events in the Balkan War.

The sentence, with their respective acquittal comes 13 years after they surrender voluntarily and to grant him permission to return to Belgrade for treatment for an illness.

According to the judges, the prosecution has failed to prove the relationship between the crimes committed, and the speeches of Mr. Seselj. In actual words, he was not the ideologue of ethnic cleansing, in fact, his speeches are harangues words, in any case isn't considered a call to murder.


Today’s guilty verdict handed down by a UN Court in The Hague against former Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadžić for genocide and other crimes under international law marks a major step towards justice for victims of the armed conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) found Karadžić guilty on one count of genocide, five counts of crimes against humanity and four counts of war crimes for his role in the armed conflict, both for his individual responsibility and as part of a joint criminal enterprise.

He was sentenced to 40 years’ imprisonment. His lawyers have said they will appeal.

The Court convicted Karadžić of genocide in relation to the massacre in Srebrenica, where more than 7,000 Bosnian men and boys were killed. It also found him responsible for crimes against humanity and war crimes including the torture, rape and killing in detention of thousands, perpetrated with the intent to systematically remove the Bosnian Muslim and Bosnian Croat populations in territories claimed by Bosnian Serbs.

The court found that his role in the siege of Sarajevo was so instrumental that without his support it would not have occurred. It held that the whole population of Sarajevo was terrorized and lived in extreme fear, facing indiscriminate attacks between 1992 and 1995.

He was acquitted of one count of genocide in relation to crimes committed against both Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats in seven municipalities in 1992.

Karadžić held several of the highest positions in the Bosnian-Serb leadership during the three-year war in which his forces were pitted against Bosnian-Muslim and Bosnian-Croat forces, commanding operations against both military forces and the civilian population.

While the death toll from the Bosnian War stands at 100,000, including some 38,000 civilian victims, fewer than 1,000 war crimes cases have been investigated and prosecuted at the state level.

The fate of thousands has still not been revealed. Amnesty International urges authorities in Bosnia-Herzegovina to commit truly to resolving the 8,000 outstanding cases of enforced disappearances from the war, and to provide access to truth, justice and reparation for the families.

Since it was established in 1993, the ICTY has indicted 161 persons for crimes under international law committed in the territory of the former Yugoslavia. Proceedings have been concluded in the cases of 149 accused, including seven individuals convicted of genocide at Srebrenica. There are still ongoing cases against 12 individuals, including a genocide case against former Bosnian-Serb military leader Ratko Mladić.


The Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) reported today that it will release the verdict in the trial that followed against former Bosnian-Serbian leader Radovan Karadzic for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide during the war of Bosnia (1992-1995).

We attach the interview with Jordi Palou-Loverdos, a member of BPI-ICB ICB published in the Diari Ara.

Jordi Palou-Loverdos: "The UN has sought to judge and condemn the losers"

Defense lawyer for eight Spanish families victims of violence in Rwanda.

Barcelona lawyer Jordi Palou-Loverdos trying for years to families victims killed in the savage violence Rwandan find and receive justice, but as crimes committed in 1997 and 2000 have had no place in the jurisdiction of International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and legislative change in Spain makes it difficult moment can prosecute those responsible, quoting the principles of international justice.

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