Legal databases

Legal Tools Database (LTD) of the International Criminal Court (ICC)

The Database is available at www.legal-tools.org and makes part of a broader set of Legal Tools (see www.legal-tools.org/what-are-the-icc-legal-tools). Originally built within and continuously overseen by the ICC, the Database undergoes content and technical development thanks to the assistance from several outsourcing partners from different regions of the world. The ICLHR Initiative is one of them.

The LTD is the largest on-line library of documents relevant to international criminal law practice. It contains over 70,000 documents, including international cases and regulations, national cases of core international crimes and national legislation, and relevant international and regional human rights decisions.

The LTD has been recognised as a successful example of implementation of the so-called positive complementarity of the Rome Statute system of justice (see, for example, its description in the "Focal points’ compilation of examples of projects aimed at strengthening domestic jurisdictions to deal with Rome Statute Crimes", drafted within the Review Conference of the Rome Statute in Kampala in 2010, available from www.icc-cpi.int/en_menus/asp/complementarity/Pages/Resources.aspx).

The repository serves judges, prosecutors, other lawyers, non-governmental organisations, members of academia and all other parties worldwide, interested not only in prosecution and adjudication, but also in reporting, documentation, research and education related to core international crimes. “In collating and verifying these materials [stored in the LTD], the LTD aims to provide national actors with the raw materials through a centralized, stable and trusted location” (‘Arab Spring’ to Accountability: Using Technology to Support Criminal Justice for Atrocity in North Africa and the Middle East, by Emilie Hunter and Alexandre Skander Galand, FICHL Policy Brief Series No. 15 (2013), p. 3, www.fichl.org/fileadmin/fichl/documents/FICHL_Policy_Brief_Series/FICHL_PB15_EN.pdf).

The ICLHR Initiative became one of the out-sourcing partners of the LTD in 2011, with the signing of a co-operation agreement (see at www.legal-tools.org/en/work-on-the-tools/co-operation-agreements where the Initiative figures as CEEI). The ICLHR Initiative is responsible for the development of a significant part of the LTD, encompassing first and foremost international(ized) criminal jurisdictions and national jurisdictions, and also some other sections (see www.legal-tools.org/work-on-the-tools/table-of-responsibilities ).

Further information
Click here to access the written version of the statement made by the ICLHR Initiative on 13 May 2014 at the working group meeting on “Collecting, Processing, Exchanging and Disseminating Data, Statistics and Other Information” during the Human Dimension Implementation Seminar “Improving OSCE effectiveness by enhancing its co-operation with relevant regional and international organizations” of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

Core International Crimes Database (CICD)

CICD logoA new Core International Crimes Database (CICD) is being developed under the auspices of the Case Matrix Network, in co-operation with the University of Saarland, Korea University, University of Göttingen, and the University of Oslo. The ICLHR Initiative assists the Case Matrix Network in its daily co-ordination tasks.

The Core International Crimes Database (CICD) will provide open access to knowledge in the field of international criminal and humanitarian law, and by doing so will assist delivery of justice for atrocities. The CICD will map trial and appeal judgments as well as some pre-trial decisions of the ICTY, ICTR, and ICC. This information will be accessible via a search engine and an interactive and intuitive interface built according to the elements of definitions of international crimes that must be proven before a court of law.

Broader project framework & funding

CMN logoThe ICLHR Initiative's work on the LTD makes part of an on-going 3-year-long comprehensive project “Enhancing the Rome Statute system of justice: supporting national ownership of criminal justice procedures through technology-driven services” led by the Case Matrix Network (www.casematrixnetwork.org), a department of the Centre for International Law Research and Policy (www.cilrap.org), and co-ordinated by the CMN's Deputy Director Emilie Hunter (www.casematrixnetwork.org/co-ordination-and-incorporation). The Human Rights Law Centre at the University of Nottingham (www.nottingham.ac.uk/hrlc) and the ICLHR Initiative are official partners of the project.

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 The 3-year-long project is funded by the European Union through its European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (www.eidhr.eu).

 

NorwegianMinistryForeignThe Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has donated a complementary grant for the first year of the implementation of the project.

 

Further information

Knowledge Hub logoThe different online tools that are being under construction thanks to the EU/EIDHR funding, commonly referred to as the 'CMN Knowledge Hub', are briefly introduced at this website and leaflet: www.casematrixnetwork.org/cmn-knowledge-hub.

Project team: Ilia Utmelidze, Jacek Kowalewski, Aleksandra Sidorenko, Sophie Young, Josipa Šarić, Angel Kulakov, Agata Odrobińska, Konrad Lipiński.


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The contents of this website is the sole responsibility of the ICLHR Initiative and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of other entities, in particular the European Union or the International Criminal Court.

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