International Justice

Seeking accountability for international crimes and grave human rights violations by challenging decisions that enable impunity, enforcing international law and by strengthening corporate accountability.

Ongoing Cases

International Justice Ongoing Cases

Amicus in class action on lead poisoning by Anglo America in Zambia

On 9 May 2022, Amnesty International and the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) have applied to intervene in an unprecedented class action lawsuit. The case was brought by a group…
International Justice

The Prosecutor v Dominic Ongwen: Joint amicus curiae submission by SALC and Prof. Bonita Meyersfeld

In the seminal case of The Prosecutor v Dominic Ongwen before the International Criminal Court (ICC), SALC and Prof. Bonita Meyersfeld have been admitted as amicus curiae. Dominic Ongwen (Mr.…
International Justice Ongoing Cases

The Prosecutor v Dominic Ongwen: Joint amicus curiae submission by SALC and Prof. Bonita Meyersfeld

SALC and Prof. Bonita Meyersfeld have been admitted as amicus curiae in the seminal case of The Prosecutor v Dominic Ongwen before the International Criminal Court (ICC). They will be…
International Justice

South African Arms Trade case: Human Rights organisations ask the Courts to review decisions to export arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

On 3 June 2021, the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) and Open Secrets launched an urgent two-part application in the North Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) seeking: The names of all…

Completed Cases

International Justice

Revocation of VISA to a convicted Dutch war criminal: Augustinus Maria Kouwenhoven

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre has filed an application requesting the Western Cape High Court to cancel the visa of convicted arms trafficker and war criminal Augustinus Maria Kouwenhoven. Kouwenhoven…
International Justice

South Africa: Amicus curiae in Law Society of South Africa case challenging SA signing of new SADC Tribunal protocol

SALC was admitted as amicus curiae in the matter of the Law Society of South Africa and others vs the President and Others. At the hearing SALC made submissions pertaining to relevant international and…
International Justice Completed Cases

STATEMENT: ICC refuses all African submissions in respect of The Hashemite Republic of Jordan’s Failure to cooperate with the ICC to arrest President Al Bashir BEFORE the Appeals Chamber

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…
International Justice

SOUTH AFRICA: THE STATE vs HENRY EMOMITIMI OKAH

On 23rd February the Constitutional Court handed down a unanimous judgment in the consolidated applications in the case of State v Okah. The Judgment followed a hearing which took place on…

Resources

Articles

South Africa: A safe haven for perpetrators of international crimes?

Mail & Guardian 12 November 2021 Atilla Kisla The Office of the Chief Prosecutor of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) visited Pretoria on 8 and 9 November to meet…
Articles

Back to old habits? South African arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Mail&Guardian By Atilla Kisla Following illegal and unethical arms trades to countries with very poor human rights records under apartheid, democratic South Africa established a legal framework so that the…
Criminal Justice

2019-2021 Biennial report

SALC's biennial report captures activities for March 2019 to February 2021. Read the report here.
International Justice Resources

SALC policy brief on ICC witnesses and the review of the Rome Statute: The missing link

The Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court resolved in December 2019 to establish the Independent Expert Review to identify ways of strengthening…