Ongoing Cases


Should ‘threat of war’ justify non-compliance with Rome Statute? Unanswered questions from Putin arrest furore

Daily Maverick 24 July 2023 By Dr. Atilla Kisla Threats of force by states are prohibited under international law, and any conduct in that regard must be assessed seriously and…
International Justice

Human rights organisations intervene in court case to have Russian President, Vladimir Putin, arrested

21 July 2023 - Today, the High Court in Pretoria was due to hear the matter of Democratic Alliance v The President of South Africa and Others. The Court agreed…

South Africa and the ICC’s relationship is complicated…

Mail & Guardian 16 May 2023 By Dr. Atilla Kisla, International Justice Cluster Lead at the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) Typing in “South Africa” and “ICC” into a Google…
International Justice

South African government withdraws International Crimes Bill: Only a first step!

On 10 March 2023, more than five years after the International Crimes Bill was introduced in the South African Parliament, the government has officially withdrawn it. The International Crimes Bill…

Completed Cases

International Justice

ICC: 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

South Africa: 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: Joao Rodrigues v National Director of Public Prosecutions and Others (Timol case)

On 28 and 29 March 2019, the High Court in Pretoria will hear the criminal case of Rodrigues v National Director of Public Prosecutions (case number: 76755/18). Joao Rodrigues (“the…
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…


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The recently renewed NPA should show its teeth

Mail & Guardian 29 Jan 2021 By Atilla Kisla Wouter Basson is most notorious in South Africa and across the world for his leadership role in the chemical and biological…

João Rodrigues, apartheid-era crimes and the question of a blanket amnesty

Mail and Guardian 6 November 2020 By Atilla Kisla Today, on 6 November 2020, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) hears the case of João Rodrigues v National Director of Public Prosecutions and Others. João…

Torture in Zimbabwe

The Mail and Guardian 23 May 2020 By Atilla Kisla Six years after the Torture Docket case – What is the current status of the investigation? Torture, one of the…

South Africa, Apartheid, Crimes against humanity and the Rule of Law: Quo Vadis?

The Daily Maverick 21 February 2020 Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh South Africa is a young democracy, but the unfinished business of apartheid remains a pressing priority for the state. South Africa’s embarrassing…


Civic Rights Resources

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…
International Justice

Universal Jurisdiction – a useful tool for prosecuting international crimes: Comparing the use of universal jurisdiction in Germany and South Africa

The Polity 07 May 2020 By Atilla Kisla Germany is prosecuting former Syrian state security members for crimes against humanity committed in Syria: What is the current status of the…
International Justice Resources

Demands for toppled Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir to face prosecution

The Daily Maverick Experts differ over whether the new Sudanese military junta should be pressured to surrender ousted President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court. The toppling of Sudanese…