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: Ahmed Timol case (Rodrigues v NDPP and Others)

South Africa/Jordan: Application as amicus curiae in respect of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan’s failure to cooperate with the ICC to arrest President Al Bashir

South Africa: Facilitate the prosecution of persons accused of crimes committed during Apartheid (Simelane)

Precedent cases:

South Africa: The State vs Henri Emomitimi Okah

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

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

12 Apr 2019 Staff Writer
News Release: International law demands that Omar al Bashir be handed over to th...

President Omar al Bashir of Sudan was overthrown and arrested on 11th April after months of sustained protests by Sudanese citizens who refused to endure his rule any longer. This ousting is the manifestation of the will of the Sudanese…

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12 Apr 2019 Staff Writer
SALC in the News: Demands for toppled Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir to face ...

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 President Omar al-Bashir by his own security forces under pressure…

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10 Apr 2019 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: Prosecuting apartheid atrocities-why an indictment for a singl...

By Atilla Kisla The Daily Maverick The crimes of apartheid has never been prosecuted before. Therefore, the Ahmed Timol case can pave the way to prosecute the atrocious crimes committed under the system of apartheid. Forty-seven years had passed since…

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26 Mar 2019 Staff Writer
Media Advisory: Timol Case Hearing...

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 Applicant”), a former member of the Security Branch under the…

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25 Jan 2019 Staff Writer
News Release: International Crimes being committed in Zimbabwe...

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) is concerned with reports of serious human rights violations and commission of atrocities by the police forces, government armed forces and ZANU PF members in Zimbabwe since Monday 14 January. Following country wide protests…

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12 Dec 2018 Staff Writer
News Release: Law Society of South Africa and others v The President of the Repu...

On 11th December, 2018, the Constitutional Court of South Africa handed down judgment in the case of Law Society of South Africa and others v The President of the Republic of South Africa and others. In this case, the applicants…

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