Pursuant to the ICCBA Constitution, the ICCBA Amicus Committee is responsible for:
1. considering and responding to requests from the ICC President or from an ICC Chamber for the submission of an ICCBA amicus curiae brief before the ICC; and
2. considering and responding to requests submitted to the ICCBA Executive Council from any third party, including, but not limited to, ICC counsel, governments, NGOs and individuals, for the submission of ICCBA amicus curiae briefs before the ICC or any other relevant forum.
Prior to submitting a formal request to the ICCBA Executive Council for the submission of an ICCBA amicus curiae brief, the Committee encourages the individual or entity in question to first consult with the Amicus Committee. Consultation requests may be submitted by email at the following address: email@example.com.
The Role of an Amicus Curiae
Traditionally an “amicus curiae”, or “friend of the court”, refers to a person or organisation that is not a party to the proceedings before the court and who assists the court by providing information, legal or factual expertise, or a unique point of view or insight that is relevant to the determination of issues before the court. The submission of amicus curiae briefs is a well-developed practice in many common law jurisdictions, as well as before international human rights tribunals (such as the European Court of Human Rights and Inter-American Court of Human Rights) and international criminal tribunals (including the ICTY, ICTR, SCSL, STL, ECCC).
Before the ICC, applications for authorisation to submit amicus curiae observations are governed by Rule 103 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence. Applications are granted at the discretion of a Chamber if the Chamber finds that the proposed observations would be “desirable for the proper determination of the case”. A Chamber may also invite interested persons and entities – or specific categories of persons / entities (for example professors of international law) – to submit amicus curiae observations on a particular issue.
During the Reparations phase of proceedings, Article 75(3) of the Rome Statute additionally provides that, prior to making any order for reparations, “the Court may invite and shall take account of representations from or on behalf of the convicted person, victims, other interested persons or interested states”.
The Committee has prepared a catalogue (periodically updated) of all Rule 103 and Article 75(3) applications and observations submitted before the ICC that fall into the category of ‘traditional’ amicus curiae observations, as well as in-depth analyses of a selection of amicus curiae interventions before the Court.
ICC Chambers have invited or authorised amicus curiae to submit observations on a variety of subjects, such as: the legal definitions of “conscription” and “enlistment” of children; the superior responsibility mode of criminal liability; the modalities of collective victim participation before the Court; gender as an element to be taken into account in drafting reparations orders; the status and capacity of the Libyan judiciary in 2011 and 2012; proposals for projects assisting former child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the context of reparations; the issue of immunities for heads of state or government and the obligation of States Parties to execute ICC arrest warrants.
Roger LUYCKX a été magistrat pénal de Grande Instance en Belgique pendant 15 ans. Il a siégé 20 ans à la demande des Affaires Etrangères de son pays dans un Institut géopolitique et académique à l'OTAN spécialisé en diplomatie militaire. Il a voyagé dans le monde entier et parle plusieurs langues. Il a consulté avec la diplomatie et les dirigeants de plusieurs pays. Il était présent à Bruxelles à la fondation d'Avocats sans Frontières avec le Bâtonnier de Moscou après avoir rapproché le Barreau de Paris et le Barreau de Moscou. Il était ensuite présent à Irkoutsk avec Catherine Lalumière au Palais des Décembristes avec le Gouverneur de Sibérie Orientale. Il a travaillé en Afrique comme Conseil de Permanence à la Cour Pénale Internationale. www.groupr.org
Dimitri is Assistant to Counsel before the C.P.I. and elected member before the Amici Curiae committee at the I.C.C.B.A. He holds a doctorate in comparative military law from the University of Paris-Nanterre (summa cum laude) and a magister degree in international law. He also was awarded diplomas from the University of Oxford (history and archeology), King's College London (European law), Sciences-Po Grenoble (governance) and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales de Paris (theory of law). Dimitri is also a former First Secretary of the Conference after winning the annual public speaking competition. In 2019, he founded the National Conference (national oratory competition aimed at appointing three National Secretaries) under the supervision of the Conférence des Bâtonniers. His involvement in international law is further evidenced by his status as a member of the Army-Youth Commission (Ministry of defense), his former status as a teacher in this field and a certificate of professionalization in international relations from the European University Institute of Florence (EUI). Finally, Dimitri has just been appointed knight of arts and letters by the Minister of culture.
RODRIGO FAUCZ PEREIRA E SILVA
Rodrigo Faucz has been practicing criminal law and humans rights law as an attorney for over 15 years. He was the Leading Counsel in over 130 murders trials by jury, with a long experience in highly complex cases, both at the State and Federal level and before the Brazilian high courts. He is currently in a Pos-Doc program in Criminal Law (at UFPR). In addition, he holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience (at UFMG) and a Master's Degree in Fundamental Rights (at UniBrasil). He has also attended several courses in international and humans rights law in The Hague (Netherlands), in Coimbra (Portugal), and Sevilla (Spain), among others. Professor of Criminal Procedure Law since 2007, has more than 30 publications in the field, including two of the most important books about jury trial proceedings in Brazil, published by Thomson Reuters. Member of the Brazilian Institute of Criminal Sciences (IBCCrim) and the International Bar Association (IBA). He is the general coordinator of the Research Center at the Jury Trial (NUPEJURI) and the International Criminal Law Study Group (GEDIPE-FAE).
ÉLISE LE GALL
Me Élise LE GALL est avocate au Barreau de Paris, docteur en droit de l’université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne et inscrite sur la liste des conseils habilités à intervenir devant la CPI. Elle intervient actuellement en France dans plusieurs dossiers de compétence universelle auprès du Pôle spécialisé Anti-terrorisme, Génocide, crimes de guerre, crimes contre l’humanité du Tribunal judiciaire de Paris. Elle représente notamment des anciens salariés parties civiles dans l’affaire Lafarge (complicité de crimes contre l’humanité pour ses activités en Syrie) ainsi que des parties civiles dans des dossiers rwandais, RDC, Centrafrique. Elle a également opéré un signalement devant le bureau du procureur de la CPI pour les exactions commises entre avril 2019 et mars 2020 en Guinée. Par ailleurs, elle publie régulièrement des ouvrages, articles scientifiques sur la justice pénale internationale et intervient auprès d’universités (Assas, Limoges) et est présidente de l’AFPCU. En 2010, elle a œuvré au sein d’une équipe de défense devant le TPIR, puis occupé le poste de coordinatrice de la Coalition Française pour la Cour pénale internationale (CFCPI). De 2016 à 2018, elle a également été la collaboratrice juridique spécialement rattachée auprès du Procureur général des Chambres africaines extraordinaires (CAE) du Sénégal dans le procès Hissein Habré.
James Onalaja is a criminal barrister with over 14 years’ experience, called to the Bar of England and Wales. He practises from 187 Fleet Street Chambers, London. He has a Bachelor of Law from Durham University, UK. He has undertaken postgraduate studies in International Criminal Law at Columbia Law School, New York and obtained a Master of Laws in International Criminal Law from University of Amsterdam. His practice focuses on: serious, complex and violent crimes; transnational and international law matters including extradition; military court martials and; alleged violations of human rights. He is admitted to the ICC List of Counsel and the List of Specialist Counsel at the KSC. He has assisted the defence team in Case 004 before the ECCC. He has also worked with members of the UN Human Rights Committee in preparing them for their 122nd Session and periodic oral dialogues with States re compliance with the ICCPR. He is experienced at providing Continuing Professional Development training to legal professionals. His maiden service on an ICCBA committee was on both the outgoing training and amicus committees. He looks forward to an opportunity to build on that learning experience, and be of further service to the ICCBA.