Length of the Proceedings at the International Criminal Court

Length of the Proceedings at the International Criminal Court

 

The International Nuremberg Principles Academy (Nuremberg Academy) and the International Criminal Law Research Unit of Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (ICLU) created a research project with the aim to undertake an unbiased analysis of the length of the proceedings before the International Criminal Court (ICC).

On 26 June 2018, the German Parliament adopted a resolution entitled “Strengthening the International Criminal Court”. The objective of the document is to support the work of the Court and to analyze the current situation of the Court through a comprehensive study of the amount of time invested in the cases under its jurisdiction. The resolution requested the Federal Government of Germany “to ascertain, with the help of a study of proceedings conducted by the ICC to date, which factors lead to the disproportionate length of proceedings and to formulate proposals on accelerating proceedings”.

Based on the objectives of the resolution, the Nuremberg Academy and the ICLU will analyze the public records and related documents of the cases before the Court with the aim to identify the complexity of the legal framework and the practical issues arising in the proceedings. In addition, with the objective to complement the data from the records with a reliable empirical basis, it is planned to conduct structured interviews with practitioners of the system and officials and key personnel from all organs of the Court.

The duration of the project is currently estimated to be two years, after which the results will be documented in a comprehensive report.