ICLS provides legal and technical training, advice and support in order to ensure accountability for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
Our clients and the beneficiaries of our services include national, regional, hybrid and international courts, judges, prosecutors, defence counsel, court registries, governmental authorities, armed forces, non governmental organisations and businesses.
ICLS provides four services:
It provides these services on:
Substantive international criminal law: War crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide law, and the relevant substantive international humanitarian and human-rights law (including fair-trial rights, detention rights and the rights of victims and witnesses); and procedural and evidentiary law relevant to proceedings involving such violations.
Practice of international criminal law: Practical and technical matters related to proceedings involving the prevention, prosecution and adjudication of such violations. These include case management, courtroom management, protection of victims and witnesses, detention and legacy matters.
ICLS provides these services mainly at the national level, helping to enhance the capacity of national legal practitioners in the field of international criminal law and practice. However, ICLS also works at the international level and on hybrid processes.
The clients and beneficiaries of the services of ICLS include national, regional, hybrid and international courts, judges, prosecutors, defence counsel, registries, governmental authorities, non-governmental organisations, armed forces and businesses. Examples are given on the Projects page. By nature, most of the services build or strengthen the capacity of the clients and beneficiaries.
ICLS services, provided by experienced and committed ICLS experts, are tailored to the specific needs of each client. For example, ICLS may train a group of national or regional lawyers on international criminal law or the law of the International Criminal Court generally; advise a defense counsel on the international criminal law as applied in a specific case before a hybrid court; advise a registrar and prosecutor on the practical aspects of protecting witnesses in their jurisdiction; train a country’s senior judges on the law of the International Criminal Court as incorporated in domestic legislation; or train the employees of a business on international criminal law generally.
In choosing projects, ICLS takes care to avoid conflicts of interests. It would, for example, not advise the judges and prosecutors working on the same case. ICLS does not train or advise clients such as armed services and businesses on specific operations.
Read also the background of ICLS.