Justice, Rule of Law and Impunity

  • Tomorrow morning (7 May) the Security Council, at the request of Guatemala, is scheduled to hold an informal interactive dialogue with the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda. Although scheduled to provide a periodic briefing on the work of...

  • 29 January 2013

    Rule of Law Briefing and Consultations

    What's in Blue

    On Wednesday morning (30 January), the Council will be briefed by Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, followed by consultations among members, on the rule of law. (In 2012 the Council held two debates on the rule of law, the first on...

  • This report focuses on Council practice regarding individual accountability for international crimes and human rights violations in the situations on its agenda. To do so, it first provides the legal context of the development of individual accountability under international law and tracks the historical background of pertinent Council practice. Against this background, the report explores eight case studies that illustrate how the Council has been dealing with issues of accountability in specific situations.

  • October 2012

    Rule of Law

    Monthly Forecast

    In October, the Council will hold an open debate on the role of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and its relation to the Council under the agenda item entitled “The promotion and strengthening of the rule of law in the maintenance of international peace and security”.

  • October 2012

    Sierra Leone

    Monthly Forecast

    In October, the Council will receive a briefing from Justice Shireen Avis Fisher, the President of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), and Brenda Hollis, the Chief Prosecutor of the Court.

  • 15 May 2012

    ICC Prosecutor to Brief on Libya

    What's in Blue

    Tomorrow (Wednesday, 16 May), the Council will receive its third briefing on Libya from the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo. Moreno-Ocampo is expected to update the Council on recent activities of the Office of the Prosecutor...

  • 18 January 2012

    Rule of Law Debate

    What's in Blue

    Tomorrow (19 January) the Council will have an open debate on strengthening the rule of law in the maintenance of international peace and security. The Secretary-General will present his latest report (S/2011/634) on rule of law and transitional justice in...

  • January 2012

    Rule of Law

    Monthly Forecast

    An open debate on strengthening the rule of law in the maintenance of international peace and security will take place in January. In addition to member states at large, the Secretary-General or the Deputy Secretary-General, Asha-Rose Migiro, may address the Council. A presidential statement is expected as an outcome.

  • 15 December 2011

    ICC Briefing on Darfur

    What's in Blue

    Today (Thursday, 15 December), the Council is scheduled to receive a regular briefing on Sudan from Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), followed by a private meeting. (These briefings are held in accordance with resolution 1593, which...

  • 1 November 2011

    ICC Briefing on Libya

    What's in Blue

    The Council will receive its second briefing on Libya from the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo, on Wednesday, 2 November. Just like the first briefing on 4 May, it seems tomorrow’s session will be an open...

  • 28 October 2011

    Cross-Cutting Report No.3: Rule of Law

    Research Report

    This is Security Council Report’s first Cross-Cutting Report on the Rule of Law, covering a thematic issue which has been on the agenda of the Security Council since 2003. In order to gain an understanding of the relevance of the issue to the Council’s work, this report first analyses the relationship between the law and the Council. It then examines two main aspects of the Council’s relations with the rule of law. First, it gauges the degree to which it has been incorporated into the Council’s work in conflict and post-conflict situations on its agenda. As part of this analysis, it also examines the interaction of rule of law with two Council situations, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Liberia. The second aspect is the degree to which the Council has been guided by the rule of law—taking into account the due process rights of those affected by Council measures—in the course of its resort to sanctions.

  • October 2011

    International Court of Justice

    Monthly Forecast

    In October, the president of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Hisashi Owada (Japan), is expected to brief the Council in a private meeting. This briefing, which has been held annually since the practice was first established in 2000, normally coincides with a presentation of the annual report of the Court to the General Assembly.

  • 6 April 2011

    Insights on the ICC

    What's in Blue

    On Friday, 8 April Council members will hold informal consultations on the 29 March letter from Kenya requesting it to hold an open meeting on Kenya’s request for the Council to use its powers under Article 16 of the Rome...

  • 6 April 2011

    Update Report No. 1: Kenya and the ICC

    Update Report

    On 8 April, Council members expect to hold a meeting in consultations on Kenya’s request to defer the application of the International Criminal Court (ICC) jurisdiction, under Article 16 of the Rome Statute.

  • 22 March 2011

    Insights on Kenya and ICC

    What's in Blue

    On Friday, 18 March Council members held an interactive dialogue with the permanent representative of Kenya to discuss the ICC proceedings against six Kenyans. (This interactive dialogue had been postponed from Wednesday, 16 March to Friday morning because of the...