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The Gambia Becomes Ninth Country to Allow NGO's and Individuals to Access the African Court of HR

The Republic of The Gambia has deposited the declaration required under Article 34(6) of the Protocol to allow NGOs and individuals to access the African Court directly. The notice of deposition was signed by President Adama Barrow on 23 October 2018. The Gambia becomes the ninth country to allow NGOs and individuals to access the Court directly. The Gambia had ratified the Protocol establishing the Court in June 1999. The full press release is available here.

Introduction to Mindfulness in the Workplace

The ICCBA is organizing a Mindfulness in the Workplace training on Friday 11 January 2019. The hour-long session will explain the concept of mindfulness and its benefits, including how it can help reduce stress, improve focus, sleep better and enjoy an improved sense of well-being at work. The training has being specifically tailored for lawyers. The session will be led by by Gillian Higgins who is an international criminal barrister, mediator and meditation teacher. A flyer for the event is available here. The session will take place at the ICC Permanent Premises and will be conducted in English. Registration is required here.

ICCBA Issues Letter on Workplace Harassment

The ICCBA Working Group on Workplace Harassment, which was established by the Executive Council in 2017, issued a letter on 14 November 2018 which outlines the ICCBA's position on Workplace Harassment and the measures which the ICCBA will be implementing to address this issue. The ICCBA has also issued a Directive on the Establishment and Functioning of the ICCBA Hotline and Complaint Mechanism for Harassment and Sexual Harassment. These documents are available at the following links: Letter from the ICCBA Working Group on Workplace Harassment Directive on the Establishment and Functioning of the ICCBA Hotline and Complaint Mechanism for Harassment and Sexual Harassment Presentation on Workp

Lettre de l'ABCPI sur le harcèlement

Le Groupe de travail sur le harcèlement au lieu de travail, qui a été mis en place par le Le Conseil exécutif en 2017, a publié une lettre qui énonce la position de l’ABCPI sur le harcèlement en milieu professionnel et les mesures que l’ABCPI mettra en œuvre pour aborder ce problème. L’ABCPI a également émis une Directive sur l’établissement et le fonctionnement de la Ligne d’assistance et du Mécanisme de plainte de l’ABCPI pour harcèlement et harcèlement sexuel. Les documents sont disponibles aux liens suivants : Lettre du Groupe de travail sur le harcèlement au lieu de travail Directive sur l’établissement et le fonctionnement de la Ligne d’assistance et du Mécanisme de plainte de l’ABCPI

ICCBA President Delivers Speech at the Sixth International Meeting of the Defence

On 8 November 2018, Chief Charles Taku, President of the ICCBA, delivered a speech at the opening of the Sixth International Meeting of the Defence which was hosted by the Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) and was held in the courtroom of the STL. The event was attended by several defence counsel as well as members of the diplomatic community and staff of the international courts and tribunals. The annual meetings are an opportunity for the defence community at the international courts to come together and discuss pertinent issues and provide updates on challenges which have been encountered over the last year. Jens Dieckman, Vice President for Victims was also on a pa

ICCBA Representatives Hold a Meeting with ICC Registry regarding Tax Liabilities

On 15 October 2018, members of the ICCBA Legal Aid and Taxation Working Group held a meeting with representatives of the ICC Registry to discuss the issue of taxation of defence and victims counsel and their support staff. All staff employed by the ICC are excepted from paying income tax in The Netherlands, however the position of defence and victims counsel and their support staff has remained unclear. The meeting discussed the issues which have been encountered by some members of the ICCBA and measures which could potentially be implemented to resolve the issue. After the meeting a letter was sent to the ICC Registrar. The President of the ICC was also informed about the outcome of the mee

Advancing the Impact of Victim Participation at the International Criminal Court: Bridging the Gap-

The Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford and the ICCBA hosted a one-day workshop on victim participation at the International Criminal Court (ICC), on 4 October 2018. The expert workshop centred on specific aspects of victim participation, including theoretical and jurisprudential developments, reparation jurisprudence, as well as ethical, psychological and practical considerations in client-counsel relations in victim representation at the ICC. This event was part of the Impact Acceleration Award project “Advancing the Impact of Victim Participation at the International Criminal Court: Developing Avenues for Collaboration”,funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council.

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