February 2021 | International Law Alerts | International Criminal Law



Today, 1 February 2021, Paul Gicheru was released to Kenya with specific conditions restricting liberty, during the confirmation of charges proceedings against him at the International Criminal Court (ICC). This follows Pre-Trial Chamber A’s decision on 29 January 2021, granting Mr Gicheru interim release with conditions.

Mr Gicheru is suspected of offences against the administration of justice consisting in corruptly influencing witnesses of the Court.

Today, 4 February 2021, Trial Chamber IX of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) found Dominic Ongwen guilty for a total of 61 comprising crimes against humanity and war crimes, committed in Northern Uganda between 1 July 2002 and 31 December 2005.

The verdict may be appealed by either party to the proceedings within 30 days after the notification of the Judgment.

Today, 5 February 2021, Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) decided, by majority, that the Court’s territorial jurisdiction in the Situation in Palestine, a State party to the ICC Rome Statute, extends to the territories occupied by Israel since 1967, namely Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

The Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (“the Assembly”) held its second resumed nineteenth session on 12 February 2021 at the UN Headquarters in New York. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, measures were implemented to diminish the risk to participants of exposure to the virus.

Following his election as a Judge at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in December 2020, on 2 February 2021, Mr Lordkipanidze submitted his letter of resignation, with immediate effect, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV).

Speaking on his resignation Mr Lordkipanidze said, “I am honoured to have served as a member of the Board of the Trust Fund for Victims since 2018. Together with the TFV Secretariat, we worked in a dedicated manner for the benefit of victims and although my new role necessitates my resignation from this position, this incredible and memorable experience will help in fulfilling my duties as a Judge at the ICC.”

The member countries of the International Criminal Court (ICC) are set to elect on Friday a new chief prosecutor for the war crimes tribunal, a grueling job whose current holder is under US sanctions.

Bensouda is known to Filipinos for angering President Duterte when she opened a preliminary examination of the thousands of killings in his administration’s war on drugs.

Relatives of Filipinos who were killed in the brutal war on drugs have asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to bring on a separate charge against President Rodrigo Duterte for allegedly impeding justice.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) Office of the Prosecutor is still on track to make its next move on the case in the Philippines – where crimes against humanity have been alleged in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs – by the first half of 2021.