We're unlikely to see the Syrian leader face charges for crimes against humanity any time soon.
Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo enters the court room of the ICC.
Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo has been convicted for crimes of sexual violence during war in the Central African Republic. It's a significant case, but not the historic victory it's been hailed as.
Karadžić in court.
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Former Bosnian Serb leader guilty of one count of genocide and numerous war crimes after 18 months of deliberation.
A four year trial and several years of deliberation later, and an international tribunal is to decide on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.
Nearly three decades after the horrific gas attack by Saddam Hussein, Kurds are waiting for the world to recognise a genocide.
Laurent Gbagbo at the ICC.
How can the International Criminal Court serve justice in a climate of intense rumour and bitter suspicion?
Defendants in the dock at the Nuremberg trials.
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The trials weren't perfect, but the Allies had wanted to shoot the defendants, so at least the world learned something about justice.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma being welcomed on his arrival in Khartoum by Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir earlier this year.
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South Africa's withdrawal from the ICC could have mere symbolic value. The country will continue to have obligations to binding decisions taken by the UN Security Council – including those pertaining to the court.
The reconstructed front of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine in July 2014.
A Dutch Safety Board report is crucial to the progress of the ongoing criminal investigation into downed flight MH17.
Candles outside the Medecins sans Frontieres HQ in Geneva
Bombing a hospital and killing doctors and wounded or sick persons may seem to be an obvious war crime. But the reality of both the law and the facts is significantly more complicated.
There's an issue of impunity around sexual violence in conflict zones. Here's how science could help us solve it.
A 91-year-old radio operator from Auschwitz death camp has been charged as an accessory to the murder of 260,000 inmates of the notorious death camp.
Chief American prosecutor Robert H. Jackson addresses the Nuremberg court.
Set up between the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, the Nuremburg Trials founded an entire legal system the world now takes for granted.
The bodies of some of the thousands of men and boys murdered in Srebrenica.
Russia is the latest to deny 1995 massacre was genocide. Why is it so hard to agree on this issue?
There are lessons to be learnt about the ICC from the Kellogg-Briand Pact, signed in 1928. It failed to prevent the outbreak of war but brought war criminals to justice later.
The ICC has not lived up to its noble intentions of making the world more just. Its failure echoes that of the 1928 Kellogg-Briand Pact, which set out to banish wars and to settle disputes peacefully.
Omar al-Bashir waves on arrival in Sudan after attending an African Union summit in Johannesburg.
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The attempt to arrest al-Bashir is the first time a court in an ICC member state has come to answering the question whether a sitting head of state can be detained and handed over to the ICC.
Among friends: Omar al-Bashir at the AU summit.
Omar al-Bashir left South Africa as a court dragged its feet over whether to stop him. This is probably illegal – and it's par for the course.
Sudan President Omar al-Bashir (L) ahead of the African Union summit in Johannesburg.
As a signatory to the Rome Statute, South Africa is obliged to arrest Omar al-Bashir and end his status as a fugitive from international law for war crimes allegedly committed in the conflict in Darfur.
Syrians in Jordan protest ongoing chemical attacks.
Months after Syria's chemical weapons stockpile was destroyed, chlorine attacks are continuing – and there's little sign of any war crimes charges materialising.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas signs ICC Rome Statute last December.
With the peace process derailed and the incoming Netanyahu administration promising zero tolerance to Palestine, joining the ICC sets a major cat among the pigeons.