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New Report: War Crimes Research Office: Expediting Proceedings at the International Criminal Court

In Uncategorized on June 13, 2011 at 10:25 am

WCL’s War Crimes Research office has released a new report this week which “examines means of avoiding delays in proceedings before the ICC.” The report is available here. The executive summary is pasted below:

 
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
In its less than one decade of existence, the International Criminal 
Court (ICC) has achieved a great deal, opening formal investigations 
into six situations involving some of the most serious atrocities that 
have occurred since the birth of the Court in 2002 and commencing 
cases against a number of the individuals believed to bear the greatest 
responsibility for those atrocities.  However, nearly ten years after 
coming into being, the ICC has yet to complete a single trial, raising 
concerns among States Parties to the Rome Statute and others 
regarding the effective functioning of the Court.  Hence, while 
recognizing that the ICC is still a very young institution faced with a 
variety of novel substantive and procedural challenges, the aim of this 
report is to identify areas of unnecessary delays in proceedings 
currently before the Court that are likely to arise again, and to suggest 
ways in which such delays may be avoided in the future.  
The structure of the report is as follows: first, we address delays 
arising at the pre-trial stage of proceedings, referring to proceedings 
conducted before the Court‟s Pre-Trial Chambers; second, we address 
delays arising after a case has been transferred to the Trial Chamber; 
finally, we address issues that are relevant both at the pre-trial and trial 
level.
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