On May18th, together with the Barcelona Bar Association Commission of International Criminal Law, the International Criminal Bar (ICB) participated in a seminar for practising lawyers at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The seminar was introduced by Mr. Gilbert Bitti, Senior Legal Advisor of the Pre-Trial Division, who explained the structure and mandate of the ICC, as well as important challenges for both the Court and its practising lawyers, and considering both general trends and individual cases. 

His presentation and turn for questions was followed by the intervention of Ms. Meritxell Regue Blasi, Prosecutor of the Appeals Chamber of the ICC. Ms. Regue explained the mandate and daily tasks of the Appeals Chamber and prosecutors of the Court, and also analysed important issues that involve the prosecution of alleged perpetrators of international crimes, especially in Africa and Latin America.

Finally, Mr. Esteban Peralta Losilla, Chief of the Counsel Support Section of the ICC, provided crucial insights regarding the practise of defense lawyers in the ICC, the procedure to be admitted in the list of counsel, and described legal challenges in particular cases and in the application of the norms of the Court.

The ICB’s Secretary General and Vice-President of the Commission of International Criminal Law of the Barcelona Bar, Ms. Erika Torregrossa, concluded the event and thanked all participants and facilitators to this meaningful seminar. The delegation of the ICB also enjoyed lunching together with the jurists and professionals of the Court, and the opportunity to have an informal meeting with other senior staff of the ICC.

Article by: Roger Lloret Blackburn


Coalition for the International Criminal Court


The ICB wishes to inform you of the Official Announcement of the Master on International Criminal Justice created with the Rovira i Virgili University

4Th International Meeting Of Defence Offices

25 & 26 November 2016 London, United Kingdom



Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

Dear Madam, Sir,

The Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon thank you again for your participation in the Fourth International Meetings of Defence Offices which were held in London, on 25th and 26th of November 2016.

Please find attached the Summary report of the Meetings in French, English and Arabic. 

You will also find attached the questionnaire on Defence Investigations, which we thank you for completing in the language of your choice, and sending back to us, if you have not already done so. As Johann said during the Meetings,your answers will be very useful in that they will illustrate the Guide to Investigations with concrete examples from you experience.

Thank you again for your participation and we hope to see you again in Nuremberg for the Fifth Meetings in 2017.

Kind regards,