Lecture: Palestine and the International Criminal Court

Tuesday 17 March 2015, 7pm at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut


Raji Sourani – Director, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Shawan Jabarin – Director, Al-Haq

Civil society discusses prospects for justice following Palestine’s accession to the Rome Statute and the ICC prosecutor’s ongoing preliminary examination into alleged grave crimes.

SCL Lectures are public and free of charge. Registration is not necessary, seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

The views and opinions expressed in or during the Supranational Criminal Law lectures are not necessarily those of the host and/or participating organisations, namely the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University.

The ICC at a Crossroads: The Challenges of Kenya, Darfur, Libya and Islamic State

Following the collapse of the Kenyatta case, Libya’s refusal to surrender Saif Gaddafi, and Sudan’s obstruction of investigations in Darfur, this meeting will discuss the effect of non-cooperation by states on the International Criminal Court’s proceedings and the difficulties in conducting investigations in unsafe or conflict areas. The meeting will also consider other challenges, such as the possibility of prosecuting Islamic State (IS) and its supporters before the Court.

This event is held in association with Doughty Street Chambers and is accredited with 1.5 CPD points.

– See more at: http://www.chathamhouse.org/event/icc-crossroads-challenges-kenya-darfur-libya-and-islamic-state#sthash.ZRpqRxY1.dpuf

A Closer Look – Non-Party States’ ad hoc Declarations Before and After 1 January 2015: the General Legal Effects of the Palestinian bid to the International Criminal Court

This week we kick off our brand new feature called “A Closer Look” where we delve deeper into legal issues and the broader context in which those issues play out. For our first feature we look at the contentious issue of whether Palestine’s bid to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a legally valid one. To help us understand the legal issues we are grateful for this article by Luigi Prosperi,  post-doctoral fellow at the Political Science Department of Sapienza University of Rome. He is also a member of the LUISS Guido Carli Research Center on International and European Organization and an editor of “Rivista OIDU” (www.rivistaoidu.net), which is the online journal of the Sapienza PhD Programme on “International legal order and human rights” (which he completed in 2013).

He was a Visiting Fellow at European University Institute of Florence from September to December 2014, working on a project on the prosecution of crimes against cultural properties.

He has been studying international criminal law since his PhD years at Sapienza (2009-2013). On 16 July 2013 he defended a thesis (in Italian) on “International criminal law as a combined system of centralized and diffused prosecution of international crimes”. We are delighted and humbled to have Luigi contribute to Progressive Lawyer and I know you will find this informative.

Image courtesy of the ICC
Image courtesy of the ICC

In addition to inflaming political debates, the recent Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court has turned the spotlight on one of the most controversial features of the International Criminal Court system: namely, the power of non-party States to accept the Court’s jurisdiction with respect to crimes committed on their territory or by their nationals. Continue reading “A Closer Look – Non-Party States’ ad hoc Declarations Before and After 1 January 2015: the General Legal Effects of the Palestinian bid to the International Criminal Court”