International Criminal Justice

SALC’s International Criminal Justice programme has the following objectives:

  • To raise regional awareness about the domestication of the ICC Convention and to promote accountability for crimes against humanity at domestic levels through strategic litigation.
  • To improve understanding of the ICC and its mandate whilst supporting domestic and regional accountability mechanisms.
  • To litigate at domestic levels to establish jurisprudence on universal jurisdiction.
  • To litigate at domestic levels against corporate complicity in violations of international law and human rights.

 

On-going cases:

South Africa: Facilitate the prosecution of persons accused of crimes committed during Apartheid (Simelane)
South Africa: Amicus curiae in Law Society of South Africa case challenging SA’s signing of new SADC Tribunal protocol

Precedent cases:

South Africa/Zimbabwe: Case challenging NPA’s refusal to investigate cases of torture committed in Zimbabwe
South Africa/Rwanda: Judicial review of decision by South Africa to grant refugee status to former Rwanda general accused of war crimes
South Africa/Sudan: Case challenging the State’s failure to implement the ICC arrest warrant for Sudanese President Al Bashir
South Africa/Sudan: Amicus curiae in ICC cooperation hearing on South Africa’s failure to arrest Sudanese President Al Bashir
South Africa: Case challenging South Africa’s withdrawal from the ICC without parliamentary approval

 

06 Sep 2018 Staff Writer
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30 Aug 2018 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: South Africa’s role in the denial of justice in southern Afr...

Suzgo Lungu and MacKennan Graziano The Daily Maverick Why there is no functioning southern African regional court and how former president Jacob Zuma’s actions contributed to the termination of the SADC Tribunal. Former president Nelson Mandela once stated that “South…

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30 Aug 2018 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: Don’t pull South Africa out of the ICC, judges urge Justice ...

The Daily Maverick South Africa could help counter the global vacuum of respect for international law by supporting the International Criminal Court, says former Justice Richard Goldstone, who with Judge Navi Pillay has urged Justice Minister Michael Masutha not to…

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29 Aug 2018 Staff Writer
Media Advisory: The Constitutional Court of South Africa to hear government’s ...

On 30th August 2018, the Constitutional Court of South Africa will hear an appeal brought by the state against the decision of the High Court in the case of Law Society of South Africa and others v The President of…

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17 Jul 2018 Staff Writer
SALC Commemorates 20 years of the Rome Statute...

Today, July 17, 2018, also known as the Day of International Criminal Justice, marks the 20th Anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty for the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Rome Statute established the Court as…

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28 May 2018 Staff Writer
STATEMENT: ICC refuses all African submissions in respect of The Hashemite Repub...

On 29 April 2018, the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) jointly with Professor Bonita Meyersfeld, filed an application for leave to make amicus curiae submissions in the case of The Prosecutor v Omar Hassan Ahmad Al-Bashir before the International Criminal…

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