#MeToo reaches ICC in sexual harassment case involving experienced defence counsel
A defence counsel at the International Criminal Court has been sanctioned by the court’s disciplinary board for sexually harassing one of his younger, female colleagues. The case exposes the lack of rules about sexual harassment for defence lawyers at the ICC. As the #MeToo debate reaches the international courts, prominent defence lawyers are campaigning for stronger regulations.
The Lösch Pfälzer Hof is a typical German hotel outside the sleepy town of Germersheim, situated in an idyllic scenery with lakes and forest. It is at this hotel where it became clear that the on-going debate about sexual harassment and abuse is not limited to Hollywood, American politics and British charities, but that it stretches out to the international courts. The misconduct of a defence counsel practicing before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has exposed a lack of rules and awareness and has sparked a debate about sexual harassment at the court.