Media Advisory: 20 May 2015

ICC Appeals Chamber to deliver Appeals judgment on the admissibility of the Simone Gbagbo case on 27 May 2015


Today, 20 May 2015, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) scheduled a hearing on Wednesday, 27 May 2015 at 16:30 (The Hague local time) to deliver its judgment on the admissibility of the case against Simone Gbagbo.

On 30 September 2013, Côte d'Ivoire challenged the admissibility of the case against Simone Gbagbo. On 11 December 2014, Pre-Trial Chamber I rejected the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire's challenge and reminded Côte d'Ivoire of its obligation to surrender Simone Gbagbo to the Court without delay. On 17 December 2014, the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire appealed the Pre-Trial Chamber I's decision.

Background: Simone Gbagbo is charged with for four charges of crimes against humanity (murder, rape and other sexual violence, persecution, and other inhuman acts) allegedly committed in the context of post-electoral violence in Côte d'Ivoire between 16 December 2010 and 12 April 2011. Mrs Gbagbo is not in the Court's custody.

Further information on this case is available here.

Scheduling Order for the Judgment on the appeal of Côte d'Ivoire against the decision of Pre-Trial Chamber I of 11 December 2014 entitled "Decision on Côte d'lvoire's challenge to the admissibility of the case against Simone Gbagbo" 


The hearing can be followed live on the ICC website at: English, French

Attending the hearing

  • Journalists wishing to cover the hearing are kindly invited to request attendance via email to: [email protected]. All journalists must present a valid press card at the public entrance of the Court, located at Regulusweg (The Hague).
  • Members of the diplomatic corps, NGOs and other members of the public wishing to attend the hearing are kindly invited to request attendance via email to: [email protected]. Attendees must present a valid passport or valid ID with a photo at the public entrance of the Court, located at Regulusweg (The Hague).

Please note that individuals who do not receive a confirmation in advance cannot be guaranteed access to the hearing.

AV materials

Filming or photography is strictly prohibited inside the Court building. However pictures of the hearing will be posted on the Court's Flickr account.

Audiovisual materials will be available for download on an FTP server in video (MPEG-4) and audio (MPEG-3) format after the hearing and for viewing on the official ICC YouTube Channel.

Media Centre

For media representatives wishing to use the Court's media facilities, the media centre will open from 14:30 until two hours after the end of the hearing.

The area can sit up to 64 people and includes plasma TV screens; a Wi-Fi internet service; cards (plug + play) for those without Wi-Fi capability in their PC or laptop; 6 computers with internet access; 7 telephones that may be used free of charge for internal calls. For external calls, journalists are advised to purchase 0800 pre-paid phone cards beforehand. Such cards are available at newsagents and train stations. Please note that phone cards cannot be obtained in the vicinity of, or at, the ICC. 

Parking facilities

Parking facilities are available for media representatives at the Regulusweg and Wegastraat car-parks. 

SNG trucks

SNG trucks are not allowed to park alongside the ICC building, but should go to the car park located at the intersection of Regulusweg and Wegastraat.

For further information, please contact Fadi El Abdallah, Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs Unit, International Criminal Court, by telephone at: +31 (0)70 515-9152 or +31 (0)6 46448938 or by e-mail at: [email protected].

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