Gilbert Bitti


Gilbert Bitti has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Paris II (Pantheon-Assas) (1991- 1993) and counsel for the French Government before the ECtHR (1993 until 2001). He was a member of the French delegation during the negotiations on the Rome Statute, the Rules of Procedure and Evidence and other texts related to the ICC from 1995 untill 2002; he has been successively at the ICC, Chief of the Victims Participation and Reparations Section in 2003, Deputy to the Chief of the Legal Advisory Section in the Office of the Prosecutor in 2004-2005. Since 2005 he is Senior Legal Adviser of the Pre-Trial Division. He also teaches in a number of universities in France (Limoges, Lille and Paris) and in Spain (Barcelona).

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The Interests of Justice- where does that come from? Part II

Editor's Note: This is part II of a two-part post. Read part I here. After tracing the drafting history of article 53 of the Statute in part I of this post, part II is dedicated to the consequences that may be drawn from the relevant drafting history for the application of the “interests of justice”…

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The Interests of Justice- where does that come from? Part I

There has been much debate about the decision issued by Pre-Trial Chamber II rejecting the request by the Office of the Prosecutor to open an investigation into the situation in Afghanistan because such an investigation would not serve “the interests of justice”. Despite the recent surge in academic interest in this criterion, which appears in…

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