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The International Criminal Court is an intergovernmental organization and international tribunal seated in The Hague, Netherlands. It is the first and only permanent international court with jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. It is distinct from the International Court of Justice, an organ of the United Nations that hears disputes between states.

The CIL v. Rome Statute: Pre-Trial Chamber of al-Bashir

The tortuous circumstance in Sudan is not merely a political nor security crisis, but also a humanitarian crisis as a detrimental effect of an absolute power held by the government led by General Umar al-Bashir as President. There has been mounting evidence that led to a total of 10 charges of heinous crimes alleged against him. It is no longer disputed that al-Bashir must be trialed by the ICC, yet despite the evidence available, this case remained deadlocked as al-Bashir still candidly mobilizes across Africa until this very second. 

The ICC’s Pre Trial has failed to arrest al-Bashir due to its warrants insinuated to not have any power over the states subjected. This has raised the prominent question of why certain states would not abide by ICC’s stipulation. Moreover, knowing the fact that they are the ratifiers of the Rome Statute. In this Pre Trial of al-Bashir, counsels are challenged to debate on fundamental aspects of the Rome Statute and seek for the best possible outcome to the issue at hand.