Overview of the Tools

Below is a table that details the servicesand collections of the ICC Legal Tools Project as a whole. As the ICC Legal Tools Database is further developed, new documents are made publicly available through this web site. For information on the current content and technical status of the Database, please see the section "Current status of the Database". For information on which tool(s) each of the external Project partners works on, please see this table. The search engine on this website is being continuously developed. Feedback on how it can be improved is welcome and should be directed to info@casematrixnetwork.org.

 

ICC Legal Tools Database:

ICC Documents:

This is a repository of basic legal documents (such as founding instruments) and decisions of the ICC. As all public ICC decisions are being uploaded in the Database on a daily basis, this is the best Internet location for ICC case law.

ICC 'Preparatory Works' and Rome Statute Amendments:

This collection contains more than 9,000 documents related to the negotiation and drafting of the ICC Statute, the ICC Rules of Procedure and Evidence, and the ICC Elements of Crimes document. These documents were produced by States, NGOs, academic institutions, the United Nations and other international organisations between December 1989 and September 2002. It further contains documents related to amendments to the Rome Statute. This tool is the leading ICC preparatory works collection worldwide.

International Legal Instruments:

This tool provides the full text of key international treaties in four areas relevant to work on core international crimes: public international law, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law.

International(ised) Criminal Jurisdictions (Basic Documents):

This tool contains the basic legal texts and background information on the International Military Tribunals sitting in Nuremberg and Tokyo, the ICTY, the ICTR, UNMIK courts and tribunals, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the East Timor Panels for Serious Crimes, the Iraqi High Tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. This collection does not contain decisions.

International(ised) Criminal Decisions:

This tool contains the full text of indictments and judgments and other selected decisions issued by the International Military Tribunals sitting in Nuremberg and Tokyo, the ICTY, the ICTR, UNMIK courts and tribunals, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the East Timor Panels for Serious Crimes, the Iraqi High Tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. It also includes selected judgments of allied tribunals in trials for international crimes held immediately after World War II.

National Jurisdictions:

This tool provides an overview of national legal systems. It contains information helpful for conducting comparative research on criminal law and procedure and on the legal status of core international crimes in the systems. The tool does not include national implementing legislation which can be found in the collection with that name.

National Implementing Legislation:

This tool contains two distinct services concerning national implementing legislation: a collection of such legislation and the National Implementing Legislation Database (NILD). The NILD is a fully-searchable relational database of national legislation, which enables users to efficiently identify relevant provisions or sections of any or all legislations, according to approximately 800 purposely-designed keywords, or Rome Statute articles. The NILD also contains brief descriptions of a State's overall approach to implementation (Overviews) and paragraph-level analyses of relevant national provisions. Users concerned with national legislation more broadly should also consult the National Jurisdictions tool.

National Cases Involving Core International Crimes:

This tool compiles relevant decisions issued by domestic courts and tribunals concerning genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression, both in civil and criminal matters. It is the largest such collection available on the Internet. The tool includes many World War II-related documents, but interested users should also consult the World War II-documents in the collection International(ised) Criminal Judgements.

 

Publications:

This tool contains articles and opinions by prominent scholars on international criminal law and related subjects. Those interested in having their publications or research papers included in the ICC Legal Tools Database should send a request with the text to info@casematrixnetwork.org.

Internet Legal Resources:

This tool provides a structured list of other Internet websites of relevance to research on international criminal law and related fields. There is no plan to make it public.

Human Rights Decisions:

This tool contains human rights decisions from United Nations and regional human rights mechanisms particularly relevant to criminal justice processes linked to core international crimes.

Other International Legal Decisions:

This tool contains decisions by international courts that are not criminal jurisdictions on matters which may be relevant to criminal justice for core international crimes.

Legal  Kit:

This is a mobile mini-library of international criminal law sources which fits on portable digital media and can be kept with the user at all times. There is no plan to make it public.

United Nations War Crimes Commission:

This tool contains documents from the unrestricted part of the archive of the United Nations War Crimes Commission (1943-48).


Digests:

Elements Digest:

This digest provides international case law sources on each element of the crimes and legal requirement of the modes of liability in the ICC Statute. It gives systematic access to discussions in main sources of international criminal law on core international crimes and modes of liability. Text in this tool does not necessarily represent views of the ICC, any of its Organs or any participant in proceedings before the ICC. This tool is only available through the ICC Case Matrix (see below).

Proceedings Digest:

This is a digest on criminal procedural and evidentiary questions as contained in the Statute, the Rules of Procedure and Evidence, and the Regulations of the Court. It provides an analysis of key legal issues that are relevant for proceedings before the ICC. This tool is only available in the Office of the Prosecutor.

Means  of  Proof Digest:

This tool provides practical examples of the types or categories of fact resorted to in international criminal jurisdictions to satisfy the legal requirements of the crimes and modes of liability contained in the ICC Statute. It is a comprehensive document amounting to more than 6,000 A4 pages of text. Text in this tool does not necessarily represent views of the ICC, any of its Organs or any participant in proceedings before the ICC. This tool is only available through the ICC Case Matrix (see below).


Application:

Case  Matrix:

 

The ICC Case Matrix is a law-driven case management and legal information application representing significant innovation in how to approach core international crimes cases. The in-depth evidence analysis charts used at the ICC are based on the logic of the ICC Case Matrix. The Matrix can be used for work on cases as well as for training and other capacity building and knowledge-transfer purposes. It can be customised for different user groups such as judges, prosecutors and investigators, defence and victims' counsel, non-governmental organizations, and states.

The Matrix has four primary and several secondary functions. Three of the primary functions offer access to international criminal law information: (a) the 'Legal Texts' function, an electronic library of key documents selected from the ICC Legal Tools Database described above; (b) the 'Elements Digest' function which gives access to the digest through general tables of contents as well as at the level of the most specific legal requirements of the crimes that are under consideration in a case; and (c) the 'Means of Proof Digest' functionality which provides access to the digest in the same ways as to the Elements Digest. The fourth primary function is a database structure for the organization of information and evidence on the core international crimes in a case. This function offers an overview of case facts in light of the legal requirements.

The technical platform of the Case Matrix is based on unlicensed open source components. Ralph Hecksteden of the Institute of Informatics and Law of the University of Saarland (Germany) has developed the technical platform pursuant to the design of Morten Bergsmo. They were awarded the 2008 Dieter Meurer Prize for Legal Informatics for making the Matrix.

Online access will gradually be granted to different versions of the ICC Case Matrix at http://www.casematrixnetwork.org/icc-case-matrix/. If you have a real need and would like to use the Case Matrix in your work on one or more specific core international crimes cases, please send an e-mail request to info@casematrixnetwork.org with a short statement explaining how the Matrix may be helpful to you in this work.

 

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