International Criminal Bar

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ICB Press Release

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. 

The President of the ICB, Blas Imbroda, Dean of the Illustrious Bar of Melilla, receives the Order of St. Raimundo de Peñafort.

Article written by Erika Torregrossa, Secretary General

“Woman is born free and lives equal to man in her rights.” Article I of the Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen, 1791 Olimpia de Gouges 

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.

Yesterday, on the 9th of March 2017, the Executive Committee of the ICB-BPI-CAPI visited the Court. Various meetings were held to introduce the new ExCo: a meeting with the Victim’s Office, a meeting with the Defense Office, a meeting with the Prosecutor’s Office and finally, a meeting with the President of the ICC, Mrs. Fernández de Gurmendi. This new Presidency and the new ExCo, along with some individual members introduced the new era of the International Criminal Bar. 



The International Criminal Bar BPI-ICB-CAPI joins the rejection, denunciates and condemns the assassination of leaders in the Republic of Colombia. Crimes that are occurring despite the peace agreements between the Government and the FARC-EP.

Alarming data reported by the Ombudsman’s Office show that in 2016, 120 activists and human rights defenders were murdered, 33 have been attacked, 27 attacks of social leaders and human rights activists have been registered and 430 of them are threatened.

En la revista Dones, la periodista Esther Escolán, entrevisto a nuestra compañera, Erika Torregrossa miembro del BPI-ICB CAPI, en su número especial “Dret i Poder judicial amb mirada de gènere”.

L’advocada, jurista i professora de Criminologia, Erika Torregrossa és, per sobre de tot, una persona compromesa socialment a qui les desigualtats, la vulneració dels drets humans i la manca real d’oportunitats l’indignen, i molt. S’ha fet un lloc propi a la Direcció General de Serveis Penitenciaris, on actualment només dues dones es troben al capdavant de la classificació dels interns, i cada cop apunta més alt a la vida social i política de la ciutat comtal.

La entrevista completa la podéis encontrar en la página 43 en este link:

Coalition for the International Criminal Court

4Th International Meeting Of Defence Offices

25 & 26 November 2016 London, United Kingdom



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,