International Criminal Law
International criminal and humanitarian law is at the forefront of Guernica 37’s practice. Its members have been involved in several high-profile matters prosecuting, defending and acting for victims before international tribunals, hybrid courts and human rights monitoring bodies including the International Criminal Court (ICC), International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina War Crimes Chamber, and Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal. Previous cases have included General Augusto Pinochet, President Uhuru Kenyatta, former President Pervez Musharraf, former Vice President of Bosnia and Herzegovina Ejup Ganic, General Karake Karenze of Rwanda, the political leadership of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, and more recently the President of Syria Bashar al-Assad.
Members of Guernica 37 have conducted extensive investigations and submitted communications to national and international bodies, including the ICC Prosecutor, to open investigations in Bangladesh, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and the Occupied Territories in Palestine.
Guernica 37 has proven experience in arguing international law before national courts in criminal proceedings and in civil claims under the Alien Torts Claims Act and Foreign Services Immunities Act in the United States of America.
Members of Guernica 37 advise States on developing strategies and building institutional capacity to address atrocity crimes and mass human rights violations with experience in a number of post-conflict and transitional States including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Libya and Sri Lanka.
Guernica 37 has filed amicus briefs in a number of criminal matters including on the use of evidence obtained through torture before the Military Commission at Guantanamo Bay and the U.S. Trial of Chelsea Manning.