Judicial year opens: What’s on the radar?


The International Criminal Court premises in The Hague, The Netherlands. © Human Rights Watch
The International Criminal Court will hold its first ever ceremonial opening of a judicial year on 18 January 2018kicking off what promises to be another busy year in the ICC’s courtrooms. Former ICC Judge Anthony Carmona, current President of ICC member state Trinidad and Tobago, will be the distinguished guest speaker at the inaugural ceremony.

But proceedings have already started, with the Appeals Chamber hearing oral arguments this week in the Jean-Pierre Bemba case following his 2016 conviction for war crimes and crimes against humanity, and three trials set to resume this month.

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