Justice Update – ICC omnishambles

Sunset over the ICC building (ICC-CPI/Flickr)

With so much happening at the International Criminal Court we sat down and tried to make sense of the developments in a marathon Justice Update with the kind help of Astrid Reisiger Coracini of Salzburg Law School who offered up some of her weekend time to chat with us.

We had a lot of ground to cover starting with the Independent Expert Report that came out and denounced the “culture of fear” in the ICC and spoke of working conditions marred by bullying and harassment.

To walk us through the highlights we had cal call with Douglas Guilfoyle who found time between showing off his bow ties and new pup on twitter to write about the report for Ejil: Talk!

We also took a closer look at the election of judges and spoke to Owiso Owiso of the University of Luxembourg who wrote about the report of the advisory committee for the election of judges for the OpinioJuris website. And you can find the report here.

We also spoke to Adetokunbo (Toks) Hussain who interviewed one of the candidate judges.

We turned to the election of the prosecutor at the next Assembly of States Parties. There are four shortlisted candidates but also a lot of reports from sources that some states are trying to open up the proces by adding candidates that were interviewed but did not make it.

We have spoken about the elections before in the podcasts below:

Finally we turned to the effects of the U.S. sanctions on the court and spoke to James Goldston of the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI). OSJI is one of the organisations that have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for its executive order targeting the ICC.