Network Coordination

The Legal Tools have been developed by the Legal Advisory Section (LAS) of the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC since 2003, under the direction of Morten Bergsmo, who conceived and supervised the Project and its different components as LAS Chief during the time period 2003-05. The Legal Tools were initially created to assist the ICC-OTP with legal research and drafting regarding the elements of crimes, modes of criminal liability and key procedural and evidentiary questions. In 2005, the ICC Prosecutor decided to share with the entire Court and, to the extent feasible, with the general public, the services comprising the Legal Tools.

A Court-wide Legal Tools Advisory Committee (the LTAC) has been established with members from all Court Organs to carefully assess the needs of all relevant users within the Court as well as among other participants in proceedings before the Court such as defence and victims' counsel. The Committee has developed the standard metadata and keyword categories on which the Legal Tools Database is operating.

The Legal Tools Outsourcing Partners Network has been coordinated by one of the member institutions on a rolling basis. The Norwegian Centre for Human Rights has acted as Network Coordinator from Nov 2007 to April 2008 and from December 2008 to present while the Human Rights Law Centre from the University of Nottingham, UK, was coordinating Network activities during the period May 2008 to November 2008.

The Network is convened by Morten Bergsmo, Co-ordinator of the Legal Tools Project