Too Few Trials, Too Many Tribulations: The ICC's Terrible Year and Where to Go from Here
Too Few Trials, Too Many Tribulations: The ICC's Terrible Year and Where to Go from Here,
52 Case W. Res. J. Int'l L.
Available at: https://scholarlycommons.law.case.edu/jil/vol52/iss1/19
"In June 2018, the International Criminal Court (ICC) appeals chamber reversed what had been the court’s most significant verdict: a 2016 conviction of a former Congolese vice-president, Jean-Pierre Bemba, for crimes committed in the Central African Republic.1 This was significant because it was the court’s first conviction for crimes of sexual and gender-based violence and on the basis of command responsibility, and because Bemba was among the most senior-ranking officials to appear for trial at the court.
An acquittal needs to be understood as a legitimate outcome to any justice process, but, in context, the decision touched off alarm bells about the health of the institution..."