International Criminal Bar

Justice has no Borders

The "Luis del Castillo" Permanent Seminar on International Justice was born within the International Criminal Bar Association with the aim of becoming an instrument of training, research, intellectual debate and exchange of ideas of the international legal community on issues referred to international justice.

Its first edition, in Catalonia, was dedicated to the activation of the future International Master in International Criminal Justice that will begin in 2018, bringing together the coordinators of the different modules in the work to the design of contents, harmonization of the techniques of virtualized teaching, and debate on legal training strategies of international legal actors. The assistants of this meetings were judges, prosecutors and staff of the International Criminal Court and other international courts, lawyers of the Bar Association of the ICC, researchers and teachers from different universities and research centers, and technical staff of International Organizations.

The event was divided in three days in which were conducted the Institutional Act of Inauguration of the Seminar at the Hall of plenary sessions of the City Council of Tarragona, with the mayor, Mr. Josep Fèlix Ballesteros, the General Presentation of the Master of International Criminal Justice: its Mission, Vision, Objectives, teaching methodologies, academic structure, program, contents and dynamics of the subjects; and the Presentation of the content proposals and teachers of the subjects of the Master at the University Rovira i Virgili of Tarragona and the Illustious Bar Association of Tarragona - ICAT.

The event counted with the attendace of Mr. Fabricio Guariglia, Mr. Esteban Peralta Losilla of the ICC Mr. Santiago Castellà, Academic Director of the Master, Honorary President of the ICB Mr. Luis Del Castillo Aragón, President Mr. Blas J. Imbroda, Secretary General Mrs. Erika Torregrossa, Mrs. Dignité Bwiza coordinator for Africa for the ICB, Mr. Jaume Antich, Mr. Pierre A. Kopp, attached to the presidency of the ICB, Mr. Kenneth Gallant, head of studies of the master, Mr. Daniel Mekonnen, Mrs. Luz Elena Mira, Mrs. Svetlana Paramonova and Mr. Luis Miguel Ojeda Ruiz.

 

 

The Secretary General of the ICB, Mrs. Erika Torregrossa Acuña, took part in the "XII Internacional Week of Law and Criminalistics of Medellín", with the debate "Corruption and Human Rights".

Yesterday, on the 25th of October, the Commission of International Criminal Justice of the Illustious Bar of Barcelona held with the collaboration of our association, a conference of the Exercice of Law in Venezuela. The event was presented y our former president emeritus, M. Luis del Castillo Aragón, and moderated by our Secretary General, Mrs. Erika Torregrossa and Mrs. Silvia Soler Huete of the Comission, and included Mr. Carlos Prince Arellan, lawyer from Venezuela and a call from Luisa Ortega, former attorney general of Venezuela exiled in Colombia.

Our President visited Mr. Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner to exchange points of view and offer the collaboration of the ICB, now that we are preparing to become members of ECOSOC.

 

 

We wish to share with you the visit of our President to The Hague.

Mr. Imbroda returned to the city to hold meetings with the President of the ICC, Mrs. Fernández de Gurmendi as well as with Mr. Sergio Gerardo Ugalde Gordínez, ambassador of Costa Rica in The Hague and Vice-president of the ASP. This was a very fruitful encounter for the ICB. 

On Thursday 15 June 2017, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "Court") delivered in a public hearing its judgment rejecting the appeal of Mr Ntaganda against the decision of Trial Chamber VI which found that it has jurisdiction over counts 6 and 9 (alleged war crimes of rape and sexual slavery of child soldiers).

On May 19th we had the pleasure to held the debate conference “What do lawyers expect from the ICC?”. It was conducted by Mr. Esteban Peralta, Chef of Counsel Support Section in the International Criminal Court and Mrs. Dignité Bwiza, Coordinator of Africa for the ICB. The event was held at the Orde van Advocaten in The Hague.

 

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:

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.

Coalition for the International Criminal Court

Extraordinary General Assembly

The ICB wishes to inform you of the Official Announcement of the Extraordinary General Assembly to modify the Statutes that will be held in Brussels on January 25, 2018

4Th International Meeting Of Defence Offices

25 & 26 November 2016 London, United Kingdom

SUMMARY REPORT

 

Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

Dear Madam, Sir,

The Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon thank you again for your participation in the Fourth International Meetings of Defence Offices which were held in London, on 25th and 26th of November 2016.

Please find attached the Summary report of the Meetings in French, English and Arabic. 

You will also find attached the questionnaire on Defence Investigations, which we thank you for completing in the language of your choice, and sending back to us, if you have not already done so. As Johann said during the Meetings,your answers will be very useful in that they will illustrate the Guide to Investigations with concrete examples from you experience.

Thank you again for your participation and we hope to see you again in Nuremberg for the Fifth Meetings in 2017.

Kind regards,