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The International Criminal Court

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The Right to Counsel in criminal cases is one of the great internationally recognized human rights. It is protected in the ICC Statute, Rules of Procedure and Evidence and Regulations of the Court, sometimes in ways that extend it beyond the minimums required in international human rights law. A counsel for the defence shall have established competence in international or criminal law and procedure, as well as the necessary relevant experience, whether as judge, prosecutor, advocate or in other similar capacity, in criminal proceedings. Counsel should not have been convicted of a serious criminal or disciplinary offence considered to be incompatible with the nature of the office of counsel before the Court. A certificate is issued by the relevant authority of each State of which the person is a national or where the person is domiciled stating the existence, if any, of criminal convictions.

Keywords: criminal proceedings; ICC Statute; International Criminal Court



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