INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ORGANIZED BY THE UNIVERSITIES NETWORK FOR
CHILDREN IN ARMED CONFLICT IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF
KUFA (MEMBER OF UNETCHAC)
‟Preventive measures to counter violence against children in armed conflicts”
27 th of March 2021
It was a great honor for me to represent as speaker the International Criminal Bar Association at the International Conference ‟Preventive measures to counter violence against children in armed conflicts”, organized by The Universities Network for Children in Armed Conflict in Collaboration with The University of Kufa (MEMBER OF UNETCHAC), in the presence of so great personalities who have agreed to join forces to achieve the Network's goals under the auspices of The University of Kufa. (Prof. Dr. Yasir Lafta Hassoun, President of University of Kufa H.E. Bruno Antonio Pasquino, Ambassador of Italy to Iraq H.E. Safia Taleb Al-Suhail, Ambassador of Iraq to Italy, Prof. Laura Guercio, Representative of the Universities Network for Children in Armed Conflict, Dr. Bakthiar Amin, former Minister of Human Rights in Iraq Prof. Fausto Pocar, Former Judge ICTY and Judge ad hoc ICJ, etc.)
The International Criminal Bar Association has among its objectives the defense of common values which are similar with those of The Universities Network for Children in Armed Conflict. The defense of fundamental human rights and freedoms, when the victims of these violation are children and women, is a major concern of the ICB, as well as for each member of the association.
I consider it essential that through the programs that we will initiate in the ICB's activity, we should train lawyers and specialize them to provide the most effective defense possible to the victims who are children involved in armed conflicts. These are technical aspects of criminal judicial procedure that are specific to the assistance of child victims, when they are heard as an injured party, a civilian party, a victim of armed conflicts.
I believe that we must work in complex teams and complement our professional knowledge, because some representatives of Universities Network for Children in Armed Conflict are also members of ICB, such member is our dear colleague and friend - lawyer Laura Guercio.
From this perspective, I will submit to the approval of the first meeting of the Executive Committee of ICB the draft agreement of the collaboration between ICB and The Universities Network for Children in Armed Conflict.
Prof. Dragos Chilea, President of International Criminal Bar Association
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Dear members of the ICB,
We are pleased to inform you that the meeting of the ICB Executive
Committee was held on February 10, 2021, with the presence of all seven
members, as follows:
Mr. Nguyen Dang Trung
Mr. Ken Gallant
Ms. Antonia Rocha Gonzalez
Mr. Pierre Kopp
Mr. Abouba Ali Maiga
Mr. Jaume Antich Soler
Mr. Dragoș Chilea
We discussed the organization of a General Assembly in March 2021 in
order to elect the new management of the ICB. Each of the members present
were able to express their point of view and arguments on this subject and we
reached the following conclusions:
- The current health conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic impose
restrictions on us nationally and internationally regarding travel, whether
continental or intercontinental.
- Most states of the European Union and other continents impose special
conditions upon entry and during stay in their territory, such as a negative
COVID-19 test result or full vaccination as well as a period compulsory
isolation on return to the country of origin
- The obligation to ensure above all, the safety and health of all members
of the ICB participating in the General Assembly.
- The lack of rules providing for another method of voting other than that
by the physical presence of voters.
- The need to ensure the transparency and fairness of the vote.
- The existence of a precedent in the history of the organization of
elections for the leadership of the ICB by extending the current term by one
- The fact that these same reasons have led other institutions and
international organizations or companies to postpone the organization of similar
events requiring the physical presence of their members.
In the face of all these arguments, we unanimously took the decision to
organize the General Assembly for the election of the leadership of the ICB in
Until that date, the members of the current Executive Committee will
continue to exercise their current functions.
The unanimous decision of the Executive Committee will be
communicated to the members of the ICB by means of the website as well as
the communication tools available and usually used by the secretariat and the
President of ICB
Avocat Prof. Dr. Dragoș CHILEA
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Dear International Criminal Bar members,
Dear colleagues and friends, we are quickly approaching the end of
this year and it is the time for a review of our activity.
We went through an extremely difficult period of time, a year that
was marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and that will surely remain in
history due to its dramatic consequences.
Nevertheless, and only thanks to your support, we managed to
continue our activity in the International Criminal Bar, and to fulfill most
of the goals we had aimed to achieve this year.
Thus, we organized Seminars and Conferences for International
Criminal Bar members, and benefitted from the participation of not only
members but also a series of guests, specialists in criminal law. A few
noteworthy examples: Particularities of International Criminal Trial -
Constanta, January 2020, “Criminal responsibility, transnational judicial
actions and pandemic of COVID-19” - International Online Seminary,
September 2020, “The ICB as Defender of Human Rights” - International
Online Conference, December 2020.
These reunions were held online.
International Criminal Bar members also took part in professional,
scientific reunions, some of which the International Criminal Bar co-
chaired, such as: “International Conference in Law, Public Administration
and Medicine -9th edition” - ICLPA 9M, “Black Sea Maritime Cyber
Security Conference” - June 2020, "Universities Network for promoting the
rights and the protection of children involved in armed conflict”.
Throughout this entire year we also managed to reorganize the
International Criminal Bar secretariat, move to a new office, and make it
functional through the contribution of our two secretaries, Inma Sañé and
Mila Cabet, to whom I would like to thank here for their efforts and
The International Criminal Bar brought back a part of its old
members and also gained new members, mostly on the African continent
due to the efforts of the first Vice-President International Criminal Bar,
Abouba Ali Maiga, to whom I thank for always supporting me.
Have contributed to the results achieved in this difficult context, the
members of the Executive Committee, who cover geographically a large
part of the world - North America represented by Prof. Ken Gallant, Asia
represented by Nguyen Dang Trung, Europe represented by Prof. Pierre
Kopp, to whom I also thank for their efforts and activity.
As a special contribution made through their participation to all our
events I would like to mention Claudio Lamela of Argentina, Prof. Laura
Guercio and Prof. Vicenzo Carbone of Italy, as well as my Romanian
colleagues, Prof. Madalina Botina, Dr. Ramona Mihaela Coman and Elena
Alina Lungu. I was equally happy for the presence of our colleagues
Meurice Lisanne of Canada and David Querol of Barcelona and I thank
them for it.
Nothing would have been possible without the exceptional
contribution of Prof. Dr. Jaume Antich Soler, General Secretary of the
International Criminal Bar, and Antonia Rocha Gonzalez, Treasurer of the
International Criminal Bar, who also have my gratitude.
Last but not least, I would like to thank everyone who remained
loyal to the principles and ideas of the International Criminal Bar, and have
continued their participation in our events.
I have the hope that in the New Year 2021, the International Criminal
Bar will become stronger and more present in the field of international
criminal law, on the one hand due to the evolution in memberships and on
the other hand through the specialisations of new members and the
diversifying of our activities which will extend to the areas that need the
contribution of our members.
If the situation will allow us and in the hope that the pandemic will
be defeated, we will organize a new International Criminal Bar Congress,
continue the project begun with the Romanian Institute of Legal Research
of the Romanian Academy, we will organize training activities for lawyers
who wish to specialize in victim defense, especially children or female
victims, activity organized with the cooperation of magistrates from the
European Court of Human Rights of Strasbourg and the International
Criminal Court of The Hague.
We will extend our masters programme from the University of
Tarragona to the University of El Salvador in Buenos Aires, UMFST in
Targu Mures, Romania, and the University of Bamako, Mali.
These are only a few of the projects that were discussed in the
reunions of the Executive Committee that myself and all my colleagues as
well as International Criminal Bar members wish to develop during the
I wish you all good health and joy, as well as the traditional season’s
greetings and wishes.
Happy holidays and a Happy New Year!
International Criminal Bar President,
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ICB celebrates the international day of Fundamental Human Rights with an online conference
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International conference "The ICB as defender of human rights" 10 December 2020
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The President of the International Criminal Bar and the President of the Bar Association of Mali,
You are cordially invited to take part in the 1st congress of the International Criminal Bar in Africa from November 14 to 16, 2019 at the Hotel Sheraton in Bamako - Mali.
For Malian lawyers, please register at the secretariat of the Order or with Maître Maîmouna TOGOLA, President of the Finance Subcommittee of the Congress Organizing Committee.
You can register now by clicking on the link below.
During the Conference in Constanta, meetings were organized between the president and vice-president of ICB, regarding preparations for the Congress of Bamako of 14-16 November. Another topic discussed was opening an ICB office in Bamako, for Africa. Participants to these meetings included lawyers members of the ICB: Prof. Vicenzo Carbone from Rome, Ramona Coman, president of the Pro Iure association of Targu-Mures, and Alina Elena Lungu from Constanta.
The delegation lead by the president of the ICB, Prof. Dr. Dragos Chilea, had official meetigs with the President, registrar and chief prosecutor of the ICC. The delegation was comprised of the general secretary of the ICB, Dr. Jaume Antich, and Dr. Laura Guercio. Were presented projects that the ICB has for Iraq and Mali as well as the Congress that will be organised in Bamako in the period 14-16 November 2019 and to which the ICC officials were cordially invited.
Award Ceremony of the Luis del Castillo Prize in International Criminal Justice and Human Rights to Dr. Esteban Peralta Losillas.
9.15-9.30 h Accreditation
9.30-9.45 am Opening
Núria Clèries Nerín, Director of the Center for Legal Studies and Specialized Training of the Department of Justice
Dragos Chilea, President of the International Criminal Bar (BPI-ICB-CAPI)
Ignasi Puig Ventalló, President of the Council of the Illustrious Bars of Catalonia(CICAC)
9.45-10.45 h Round table
The crime of favoring illegal immigration and its connection with the crime of hatred, as well as the treatment of connected expressions of xenophobia and anti-
Pilar Izaguirre, Delegated Prosecutor of Foreign Affairs of Catalonia
Charo Alises Castillo, President of the Human Rights Commission, coordinator of the Legal Assistance Service for Victims of Hate Crimes of the Illustrious Bar Association
Present and moderate,
Silvia Soler Huete, lawyer, member of the CJPI-DDHH of the ICAB, member of the ICB
10.45-10.50 h Presentation
'Women victims of DAESH's crimes project giving them historical record and justice'
Laura Guercio, Italian lawyer, member of the ICB
10.50-11.15 a.m. Break
11.15-12.15 h Round table
Transnational crimes in the field of Foreigners (Borders) and organized bands
Leticia Matarranz Ortiz, Head of International and Institutional Relations at the Central Unit of Illegal Immigration and Documentary Falsehoods Networks (UCRIF-Central, National Police)
Antoni Rodríguez Herrera, Head of the Criminal Investigation Division of Mossos
d'Esquadra, Criminal Investigation Professor of the Police School of Catalonia and
Professor in the Degree in Security and the Master's in Strategic Security and Police.
Present and moderate,
Javier García Mallol, lawyer, member of the ICB, and member of the CJPI-DDHH of the ICAB
12.30-13.30 Round table
Trafficking of organs and crime of trafficking in persons
Linda Cottone, a member of the UN-Research Unit for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) - Libya
Narciso Ortega Oliva, former Superior Chief of the National Police of Catalonia and a pre-doctoral specialist in FRONTEX (External Borders of the EU)
Rosa María Cendón, Coordinator Area Institutional Relations and Incidence of the SICAR.cat-Adoratrius program
Present and moderate,
Antonia Rocha González, lawyer, Treasurer of the ICB, member of the CJPI-DDHH of the ICAB
13.45-14 h Closure
Jaume Antich Soler, Lawyer, General Secretary of the CAPI, Secretary of the CJPI-DDHH of the ICAB.
Erika Torregrossa Acuña, President of the CJPI-DDHH and Adjunct to the Dean of the ICAB, and member of the CAPI
David Querol Sánchez, Lawyer, President of the Immigration Commission of the Illustrious Bar Association of Mataró (ICAMAT), member of the CAPI and of the
CJPI-DDHH of the ICAB
Jaume Antich Soler, General Secretary of the CAPI, Secretary of the CJPI-DDHH of the ICAB.
David Querol Sánchez, President of the Immigration Commission of the Illustrious Bar Association of Mataró (ICAMAT), member of the CAPI and of the CJPI-DDHH of the ICAB
Today, 12 April 2019, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) rejected unanimously the request of the Prosecutor to proceed with an investigation for alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes, on the territory of in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The judges decided that an investigation into the situation in Afghanistan at this stage would not serve the interests of justice. The Chamber is composed of Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua, who will be appending a concurring separate opinion, Judge Tomoko Akane and Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala.
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).
The Appeals Chamber issued its Judgement in the Popović et al. case, concerning five senior Bosnian Serbian military officials for crimes perpetrated by Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995, following the takeover of the protected areas of Srebrenica and Žepa.
The final convictions for the five Appellants stand as follows.
The Tribunal’s Registrar John Hocking and the General Director of the Custodial Institutions Agency of The Netherlands, Peter Hennephof, today signed an extension of the Agreement on Detention Facilities and Services between the United Nations and the State of The Netherlands.
Through this Agreement, The Netherlands will continue to provide the Tribunal with the detention facilities and services necessary to house all persons detained on the authority of the Tribunal and The Hague branch of the Mechanism.
The Agreement is effective from 1 January to 31 December 2015 and allows for a further extension until the end of 2017. It covers important matters such as the provision of medical services to Tribunal detainees, the management and maintenance of the United Nations Detention Unit (UNDU) and the costs of detention. The Agreement is vital in allowing the Tribunal to fulfil its mandate as it ensures that the conditions in which the detainees are housed meet the highest international standards.