Al-Bashir case: ICC Appeals Chamber hearing submissions on legal matters raised by Jordan

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) will hold five days of hearings, from 10 to 14 September 2018, in relation to the appeal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan against the decision of Pre-Trial Chamber II on the non- compliance by Jordan with the request by the Court for the arrest and surrender of Mr Omar Al-Bashir.

The Appeals Chamber will receive oral submissions on legal matters raised in this appeal from representatives of Jordan, the ICC Prosecutor, and amici curiae including representatives of the African Union, the League of Arab States and international law professors.

 Revised order on the conduct of the hearing before the Appeals Chamber in the Jordan Referral re Al-Bashir Appeal

 Background: The situation in Darfur, Sudan, was referred to the Court by the United Nations Security Council in its resolution 1593 of 31 March 2005. The Prosecutor opened an investigation in June 2005. On 4 March 2009 and 12 July 2010, respectively, the ICC issued two arrest warrants against Mr Omar Al-Bashir for five counts of crimes against humanity (murder, extermination, forcible transfer, torture and rape), two counts of war crimes (intentionally directing attacks against a civilian population as such or against individual civilians not taking part in hostilities, and pillaging), and three counts of genocide allegedly committed against the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa ethnic groups in Darfur, Sudan, from 2003 to 2008.

Further information on this case is available here.

 Webstreaming of the hearing

The hearing can be followed live on the ICC website at: http://player.cdn.tv1.eu/statics/66005/icc.html

 Attending the hearing

  • Members of the diplomatic corps, NGOs and other members of the public can request attendance via email to: ICCVisits@icc-cpi.int. Attendees must present a valid passport or valid ID with a photo at the main entrance of the Court (at: Oude Waalsdorperweg 10, 2597 AK The Hague).
  • Journalists wishing to cover the hearing can request accreditation via email to: PublicAffairs.Unit@icc-cpi.int. All journalists must present a valid press card, and a valid passport or valid ID with a photo, at the main entrance of the Court (at: Oude Waalsdorperweg 10, 2597 AK The Hague).

Please note that individuals who do not confirm their attendance in advance cannot be guaranteed access to the hearing. In order to avoid delays in accessing the building, those attending are advised to arrive one hour before the hearing starts.

 ICC Media Centre

For media representatives wishing to use the Court’s media facilities, the Media Centre will open at 08:30. The ICC Media Centre is located in the building’s ‘Court Tower’. It is composed of hot desk areas, which can sit up to 104 people, and two interview rooms. The Media Centre distributes the video and embedded audio of the hearing, via HD-SDI with a female BNC connection. Journalists wishing to connect to this should bring compatible equipment and a BNC cable. Power is provided (European plug). Wi-Fi connection is available in the Media Centre.

More information: Practical Guide for the Media 

 AV materials

Filming or photography is strictly prohibited inside the Court building, apart from the interview rooms and the Media Centre area. Images of the hearing will be available for download in video (MPEG-4) and audio (MPEG-3) format.

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