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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.
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International Criminal JusticeResearch Reports & Policy BriefsSADC

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 the ICC and the Rome Statute system. The ASP mandated the Experts to make “concrete, achievable and actionable” recommendations to…
Suzgo Lungu
15 Dec 2020
Articles and OpinionsInternational Criminal JusticeSouth Africa

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 Rodrigues, a former member of the Security Branch during apartheid, is charged for the murder of Ahmed Timol on 27 October 1971. In his…
Atilla Kisla
16 Nov 2020
International Criminal JusticeNewsSouth Africa

PRESS RELEASE: SOUTH AFRICA’S DEPARTMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS DECLARES KOUWENHOVEN AN UNDESIRABLE PERSON

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SOUTHERN AFRICA LITIGATION CENTRE AND LAWYERS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS SOUTH AFRICA’S DEPARTMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS DECLARES KOUWENHOVEN AN UNDESIRABLE PERSON Southern Africa Litigation Centre v Minister of Home Affairs and Others, Case No. 18052/2019, High Court, Western Cape Division, Cape Town In 2019 the Southern African…
Staff Writer
14 Nov 2020
International Criminal JusticeNews

SALC CONDEMNS THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT’S IMPOSITION OF SANCTIONS ON STAFF MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) expresses its disappointment and strongly condemns the imposition of sanctions by the United States government on the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Prosecutor Ms. Fatou Bensouda and Mr. Phakiso Mochochoko, the Head of  Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Divisions pursuant to Executive Order 13928 signed by…
Staff Writer
3 Sep 2020
Articles and OpinionsInternational Criminal JusticeLesothoNamibiaSouth Africa

Good news as South Africa affirms its commitment to accountability for international crimes

The Daily Maverick 26 June 2020 Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh On 11 June, US President Donald Trump issued an executive order to block the International Criminal Court (ICC) from action against US citizens. Trump’s order stated that the ICC actions were ‘illegitimate’ and ‘impede the critical national security and foreign policy work…
Staff Writer
26 Jun 2020
Articles and OpinionsInternational Criminal JusticeSouth AfricaZimbabwe

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 South African investigations into crimes against humanity committed in Zimbabwe? International crimes must be prosecuted and domestic jurisdictions are well…
Staff Writer
8 May 2020