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Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer que l’Institut universitaire Varenne sort ces jours-ci le premier numéro de l’Annuaire de Justice Pénale Internationale et Transitionnelle, dans sa Collection Transition & Justice, diffusé par LGDJ dans lequel notre Secrétaire Général, M Philippe Currat a participé au Comité de lecture. Nous félicitons Philippe pour ce travail. 

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.

The lawyer, Mr. Tahir Elçi was killed last Friday. The BPI-ICB condemns this fact and expresses its condolences to his family, to his colleagues and to the rights of lawyers.

 

Attached is a letter from the president of the UIA collective member of the BPI-ICB, which shows his rejection of this fact.

Written by ADV. Luis DEL CASTILLO

2nd October 2015

Dean Emeritus of the Il·lustre Col·legi d'Advocats de Barcelona and Honorary President of the International Criminal Bar

Today marks the day when the huge defense of non-violence was born Mr. Mahatma Gandhi. For this reason also the United Nations declared this date as the universal day of non-violence. Since the ICB we join  vehemently the celebration and proclaim our permanent opposition to any violence.

We enclose an interesting interview about the career of the President of the ICC, the Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi from her inception to the present.

It is an interview of Mark Kersten published in last January 6 in Justice in Conflict.

 

Mark is a researcher, consultant and teacher based at the Munk School of Global Affairs in Toronto, Canada. His research focuses on the nexus of international criminal justice and conflict resolution. Specifically, Mark's work examines the politics of the International Criminal Court and the effects of its interventions on peace, justice and conflict processes.

The past 14 December 2015, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has finalized its move into its new, permanent premises, located at Oude Waalsdorperweg 10, 2597 AK, The Hague, the Netherlands. The ICC required a functional purpose-built premises to effectively fulfil its mandate in the fight against impunity for perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.

 

"As a permanent institution, the ICC now has a permanent home. It offers essential features for the court to work more efficiently, provide protection for witnesses and victims, and ensure fair and transparent proceedings. As such, the new, purpose-built premises will greatly assist us in our mandate of providing justice to victims and helping to establish accountability for – and thus helping to prevent – the most serious international crimes", said ICC President Judge Silvia Férnandez.

 

The design of the building reflects the transparency of the institution and its innovativeness. It combines striking architecture with stringent security measures, while showcasing best practices in sustainability and respect for nature, within the natural dune landscape between The Hague and the North Sea. As part of The Hague's International Zone, it is near Peace Palace, Europol, ICTY, OPCW and other international organisations. The host state, the Netherlands, made the site available free of charge.

 

The building complex consists of six towers that are connected on the ground and first floors and offer over 1,200 workplaces. The largest tower, the Court Tower, accommodates three courtrooms and the media centre. The public area on the ground floor will welcome visitors to the public galleries of the Courtrooms as well as a visitor centre and café.

 

Since its opening on 1 July 2002, the ICC was temporarily located in two buildings on the other side of The Hague. In December 2007, the Assembly of States Parties decided that the ICC should be provided with newly built permanent premises. In 2010, following an international competition, the Danish firm schmidt hammer lassen was selected to design the new premises and in October 2012 Courtys, a consortium of the VolkerWessels subsidiaries Visser & Smit Bouw and Boele & van Eesteren, was chosen for the realisation. Construction work started on 16 April 2013.

 

The project has been funded by States Parties, and its total cost, including the move, is around 204 million euros.

Statement of the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, on the Occasion of Human Rights Day, 10 December 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7i9IrdPtYFU

Today, 18 November 2015, the President and the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "Court") presented the Court's annual report to the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute ("ASP" or "Assembly") during the Assembly's 14th session, held in The Hague, The Netherlands.

 

ICC President, Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, in her remarks at the opening session stated that the Court anticipates up to four concurrent trials in 2016 involving a total of 10 accused persons.  In terms of trial proceedings, this would make 2016 the Court's busiest year to date since the Court's inception. The Court also expects pre-trial proceedings to commence in early 2016 against two new suspects, recently transferred to custody of the Court.

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.

An international judge announced his resignation from the U.N.-backed war crimes trials in Cambodia on Tuesday, the fourth to quit so far and another blow for the troubled tribunal probing the atrocities of the 1970s Khmer Rouge regime.

Mark Harmon, from the United States, said in a statement his reasons for stepping down after three years in Phnom Penh were "strictly personal" and "with considerable regret". He did not elaborate.

Several of Harmon's predecessors at the hybrid United Nations-Cambodian court have alleged political interference and a lack of cooperation by Cambodia's government, which contains remnants of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Prime Minister Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge soldier, has warned more trials could cause anarchy and a return to civil war. He has promised to thwart new indictments and once said he would be happy if the U.N. packed up and left.

The decade-old tribunal has so far delivered verdicts involving three high-profile leaders from the 1975-1979 "killing fields" era. Attempts to pursue more cases have been met by strong government resistance.

Cambodian police have refused to act on an arrest warrant Harmon has issued for Meas Muth, a former navy chief alleged to have sent detainees to a torture center where some 14,000 people died.

Court spokesman Lars Olsen said Harmon's resignation was unrelated to any development in cases he was working on. Harmon would continue his role until his replacement was sworn in.

The Special Court for Sierra Leone was set up jointly by the Government of Sierra Leone and the United Nations. It is mandated to try those who bear the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian law and Sierra Leonean law committed in the territory of Sierra Leone since 30 November 1996.

Thirteen indictments were issued by the Prosecutor in 2003. Two of those indictments were subsequently withdrawn in December 2003 due to the deaths of the accused.

The trials of three former leaders of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), of two members of the Civil Defence Forces (CDF) and of three former leaders of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) have been completed, including appeals. The trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor is in the Defence phase at The Hague.

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.

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