Monday, 21 January 2008
Victim Participation Decision by ICC Trial Chamber
The Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court hearing the Lubanga case has just issued what looks to be an important decision on participation of victims in the proceedings: http://www.icc-cpi.int/library/cases/ICC-01-04-01-06-1119-ENG.pdf. A large role for victims is one of the features that distinguishes the Court from all of its predecessors. But just how large the role will be is a work in progress. One interesting aspect of the recent judgment is a significant dissenting opinion from one of the judges, something that to date has been a rather rare phenomenon at the Court.