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South Africa and the ICC Arrest Warrant for Vladimir Putin: Déjà Vu All Over Again?

1. Introduction South Africa is again at the centre of controversy regarding the obligation to arrest a sitting head of state pursuant to an arrest warrant of the International Criminal Court. Previously, the South African government was held by both the ICC and domestic courts to have violated its international and domestic law obligations by failing to execute the ICC arrest warrant against then-President Bashir of Sudan during his visit to the 2015 AU Summit held in South Africa (see Dapo Akande’s discussion here). Now, President Putin has reportedly been invited to visit South Africa for the BRICS Summit in August 2023. Putin is currently the subject of an ICC arrest warrant for war crimes (see here and here). This contribution focusses on South African domestic law that will influence (but not necessarily determine) the Executive’s decision whether (i) to persist in inviting Putin to visit South Africa, and/ or (ii) to attempt to execute the ICC arrest warrant should he do so.

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Arresting “Mother Russia”: Female Defendants and Gender(ed) Justice in International Criminal Tribunals

With news breaking that the ICC has publicly issued its first two arrest warrants in relation to the Situation in Ukraine, much discussion has focused on the likelihood (or lack thereof) of Russian President Vladimir Putin being surrendered to the Court, the potential strategy behind the selection of charges, the issue…

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EJIL: The Podcast! Episode 19 – “From Russia With War: Part Deux”

In this episode Marko Milanovic, Dapo Akande and Philippa Webb are joined by Oona Hathaway (Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School) to discuss big legal issues arising from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, one year on.

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The ICC Arrest Warrants against Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova – An Outline of Issues

On 17 March 2023, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”) issued arrest warrants for Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova. Putin is the President of the Russian Federation. Lvova-Belova is the Commissioner for Children’s Rights in the Office of the President. The crimes alleged concern deportation and transfer of children…

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The International Criminal Court goes all-in: What now?

The bombshell announcement on 17 March 2023 of ICC arrest warrants against Russian President Putin and his Children’s Rights Ombudswoman Lvova-Belova put an end to one-year long speculations about the first cases to be brought before the ICC in relation to Ukraine. Pre-Trial Chamber II (PTC II) found reasonable grounds to believe they committed war…

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