ICC Issues First Judgment

Today marks a milestone in International Criminal Law, as the International Criminal Court delivered its first verdict. A three-judge panel found Thomas Lubanga Dyilo guilty of conspiring in the war crimes of conscripting and enlisting child soldiers under the age of 15 into the conflict in Democratic Republic of the Congo during 2002 to 2003. The Court will then hold a separate hearing to sentence Mr. Lubanga Dyilo. This case addressed complex and novel issues of procedural and substantive law, especially dealing with the balance between protecting witnesses and disclosing evidence. The court continues to hear fourteen other cases, with three already at the trial stage.

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