International Criminal Court holds expert seminar on cooperation agreements

On 25 November 2016, the International Criminal Court organised an expert seminar on cooperation agreements. The first roundtable was devoted to a discussion on cooperation agreements in relation to provisional release. The ICCBA was represented  by Emmanuel Altit, Lead Counsel for Laurent Gbagbo and member of the Executive Committee of the ICCBA. Emmanuel Altit highlighted the importance of respecting the presumption of innocence of the accused and its corollary: that the principle must be that the accused be free during his trial. As a result, detention should only be ordered in exceptional circumstances, when precise and limited criteria are met, bearing in mind the fact that the burden i

'Introduction to the ICCBA' Side Event at the 14th Assembly of States Parties

On 23 November the ICCBA held its side event during the Assembly of State Parties. Also present were Mr Herman Von Hebel, Registrar of the ICC, the Vice President of the ASP and Ambassador for Costa Rice, Señor Ugalde, and the Deputy Prosecutor, Mr James Stewart, together with an impressive number of Ambassadors, Judges and representatives of NGO’s. Madam President, the Prosecutor, Registrar and Señor Sergio Ugalde welcomed the ICCBA as a representative voice for independent counsel. David Hooper thanked them for the strong support demonstrated by their presence, words and actions over the past year and set out the reasoning behind the ICCBA’s establishment, its constitution and aspirations.

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