ICC Pre-Trial Chamber Allows Victims to Participate in the Investigation Phase of Proceedings
Posted: 29 Feb 2008
Date Written: May 2006
The decision rendered by the International Criminal Court (ICC) Pre-Trial Chamber I on 17 January 2006 allows victims to be involved in ICC proceedings at an early stage of the investigation. The Prosecutor, who has filed an appeal against this decision, has consistently argued that the right of victims to participate in the proceedings does not cover the investigation phase. It is argued that the impact of this decision goes far beyond the issue of victims` participation in the investigations; it has general implications for the balance of power between the judiciary and the prosecution in proceedings before the ICC.
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