The principle of ne bis in idem and its implications for the admissibility of The Prosecutor v Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi case

ICL lunch seminar with Gaiane Nuridzhanian

Recent reports on the release of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi following his domestic trial stirred discussion about the future of the case that has been pending before the International Criminal Court (ICC) since March 2011. The Gaddafi case has already been declared admissible by the ICC. The Rome Statute nonetheless allows for the admissibility of the case to be challenged repeatedly on the basis of a ne bis in idem objection.

This presentation discusses the application of the ne bis in idem principle as found in Art 20(3) of the Rome Statute in the Gaddafi case. It explores the implications that the application of the principle may have for the admissibility of the case.


Pluricourts holds a monthly international criminal law (ICL) lunch, where an invited ICL expert gives a presentation on a topic of their choice, followed by questions from the audience. The aim is to provide a wide-ranging lecture series, giving varied insights into what is happening within the field of ICL today. We invite speakers from different backgrounds, and have had presentations from Norwegian- based and international academics, as well as speakers from local agencies who work with ICL-related issues, such as Kripos and the Norwegian Red Cross. The lunches also function as a meeting point for those who are interested in ICL, allowing for ideas to be exchanged and developed. They are open to the public, and are attended by staff, students and those working in ICL in the Oslo area.

Tags: Criminal law
Published Feb. 16, 2018 10:10 AM - Last modified Feb. 16, 2018 10:12 AM