Our colleague, Professor Dragos Chilea in colaboracón with the University of Targu Mures, Romania, have pleased to invite you to attend the International Conference on Law and Public Administration - 5th edition - on the theme "JUSTICE AND DEMOCRACY”
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From 12 to 13 July 2016, the President of the Assembly of States Parties ("the President"), H.E. Mr. Sidiki Kaba (Senegal), visited New York to participate in the high-level thematic debate on Human Rights of the United Nations General Assembly. In his statement, President Kaba highlighted the role Senegal played promoting the development of a permanent body of international criminal law to put an end to impunity for atrocity crimes and lauded the remarkable work the International Criminal Court ("the Court") has been doing since its inception in 2002. Engaging in the interactive segment of the debate on building the foundations for Human Rights, President Kaba highlighted the importance of access to justice for all and the role the Court can play to ensure the voice of victims is heard when justice is not being delivered at the national level.
President Kaba used the high-level debate to hold meetings with human rights defenders, international justice experts and senior members of the diplomatic community. Furthermore, on 13 July 2016, he chaired a meeting of the Bureau of the Assembly, at which he urged States to continue to support the fight against impunity.
In the debate in the General Assembly Hall with the candidates for the position of United Nations Secretary General, moderated by Al Jazeera English, President Kaba posed a question regarding the ICC to the candidates.
President Kaba welcomed the different initiatives taken around the world to commemorate the day of international criminal justice, including the one organized by the Vice-President of the Assembly, H.E. Mr. Sebastiano Cardi (Italy), on 14 July with the President of the Court, Judge Silvia Fernández de Guremendi, and the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares.
Video of the debate in the General Assembly Hall with the candidates for the position of United Nations Secretary General. President Kaba's question was posed at minute 54:00.
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On July 17, 2016 we celebrate the day of international criminal justice. This year, this celebration has a special flavour for Counsels and Lawyers.
On 30 June and 1 July 2016 the International Criminal Court Bar Association (ICCBA) was formally established and has elected its governing bodies.
This event is essential in the life of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and for all those interested and involved in international criminal justice.
Since the entry into force of the Rome Statute and the beginnings of the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Bar has always advocated and worked for Counsels and Lawyers to be officially recognized in their own right as one of the essential pillars of this Court.
We have always considered that the establishment of the International Criminal Court was an essential progress of international law. However, this progress was flawed particularly because the ICC has been designed and built without the Defence and the Legal representation of victims. In other words and from a judicial point of view, if the ICC relies on the three pillars of the Judges, the Prosecutor's office and the Registry, it misses the essential pillar of Counsels and Lawyers.
We have repeatedly stated and showed that there is no justice and no legitimate, credible and accepted decision without Defence lawyers and without Legal representatives of victims.
It was therefore necessary, first, to structure and formalize the representation of Counsel before the ICC in order to enable them to speak with one voice and to join forces to face the Court and its organs, and, secondly and in particular, to set up a structure to assist Counsel in their professional practice before the ICC.
The working group created in March 2015 with the mission to draft the statutes of the International Criminal Court Bar Association completed its work. We took our share in this process.
This association of Lawyers and Counsels, whose legitimacy and independence cannot be questioned, is an essential progress. We rejoice because international criminal justice will be perfectly balanced as long as it is also be based on the pillar of Lawyers and not just on that of the Office of the Prosecutor or the ICC Judges.
The President and the Registrar of the ICC as well as the President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC have publicly stated the need for an independent Bar Association for that Court.
It is now up to the International Criminal Court Bar Association to fulfil its mission in the service of Counsels and its members from all backgrounds. We are conscious of the exciting nature of this task and its magnitude.
The ICB will work closely with the ICCBA and will continue to work towards achieving the goals set in its statutes adopted in 2002!
David Levy, co-President of the International Criminal Bar
Du BPI nous félicitons tous les avocats français et tous les citoyens française en le jour de la fête nationale de la France.
On 11 July 2016, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided that the Republics of Uganda and Djibouti had failed to comply with the request for arrest and surrender of Omar Al Bashir to the ICC and referred the matter to the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute and the United Nations Security Council. It is now up to them to take the measures they deem necessary regarding this matter.
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.
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.
ICC Trial Chamber V(A) terminates the case without prejudice to re-prosecution in future
Today, 5 April 2016, Trial Chamber V(A) of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "Court") decided, by majority, Judge Olga Herrera Carbuccia dissenting, that the case against William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang is to be terminated. According to the majority, this decision does not preclude new prosecution in the future either at the ICC or in a national jurisdiction. This decision may be subject to appeal.
The ICC hands down its fourth ever judgment on 21 March 2016 in the case against Jean-Pierre Bemba. The Congolese politician and militia leader is charged with responsibility for grave crimes allegedly committed by a militia under his control in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2002-3. Here’s all you need to know ahead of the much-anticipated verdict in the first ICC trial involving “command responsibility” and the alleged use of rape as weapon of war.
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.
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.