ICC Alpha – Competitor review

11 Oct 2013

We’ve looked at lots of other websites in the field of international justice and a few beyond to find interesting and exciting stuff. Suggestions have come from the website survey, interviews, conversations and a blog post.

Here are some of the things we’ve found. These ideas and approaches will inform the design stage of the ICC Alpha.  You can download a pdf version (5.6MB) from Scribd if you prefer.

IA / Top Navigation


Lots of similar judicial sites follow the same IA format. Instead consider splitting the user journey more starkly with structured browse – situations/cases and the court – and having more flexible navigation. eg breadcrumb for situations/cases and a big footer. Use relatedness / relationships (tagging and metadata).

Big footers


Good for reference. Informative. Useful. Almost like a sitemap at the bottom of every page.



An important tool to provide clarity, context and depth for the complex cases the ICC deals with, eg telling the story of the case.

Imagery / Video


Not just walls of text. Telling a human story. Educate and inspire. Show what’s happening inside the ICC and beyond. Look further than the default option (robed judges in court).

Presenting lots of text / pdfs


HTML needs to be the default publishing format with the exception of court filings. Effective use of typography. Plenty of white space. Readability on all devices is paramount. Clear indication of download, format, filesize before user clicks.

Search, filter, sort


Search tools – see latest filings, filter by case, topic, keyword, etc – are very important.

Email sign up / email alerts


Open up press list to anyone to sign up. Allow users to tailor subscription to specific areas, situations, cases. Offer alerts for new filings. These tools can be used in other sections, eg ASP.



Good to represent the scope of the court’s work and its backing (ASP), but lots of difficulties around nuance and politics.

Educational resources


Classroom resources and content for young people are important but difficult to do well. We need more information on audience and aims.

Feedback / transparency


Including report an error, ask a question, see an article’s history, ask for feedback. Helps to establish trust, signal openness and find out about things you might be unaware of.

Use of data / visualisations


To convey what the ICC has achieved judicially, politically and on the ground, eg trial chamber dealt with x decisions, x applications, x requests to give impression of complexity of the case.

Thanks! If you have any questions about this approach or the project in general, please feel free to leave a comment or contact Public Information and Documentation Section.

Sites reviewed

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)

International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)

Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL)

Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL)

Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC)

International Court of Justice (ICJ)

European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)

Iran-United States Claims Tribunal

Permanent Court of Arbitration

United Nations

[Ministry of Foreign Affairs Government.nl](http://www.government.nl/ministries/bz)

United Nations News Centre

European Union

European Parliament

European Commission

Council of Europe



OSCE: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

OAS – Organization of American States

ICRC: International Committee of the Red Cross

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons




World Food Programme

Journalists for Justice

International Organization of Migration

White House

Andy Rutledge

BBC News



End Impunity

Open Society Justice Initiative

Coalition for the International Criminal Court

Human Rights Watch

International Center for Transitional Justice

International Justice Project

Amnesty International

Fédération Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l’Homme (FIDH)

No Peace Without Justice

Parliamentarians for Global Action

The Redress Trust

Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice