WANTED: political will

The success of the ICC depends on the support of those who brought it into existence: governments.

The ICC Rome Statute came about through an unprecedented alliance between civil society and a group of progressive 'like-minded' states that saw the urgent need to hold war criminals to account.

They have left us a blueprint for collective international action in an increasingly unstable world. But to make it work, states must arrest ICC fugitives, protect victims and witnesses and ensure the Court has the human and financial resources it needs.


State cooperation

The ICC relies on state cooperation to ensure that its decisions are enforced, suspects arrested, victims and witnesses protected, and voluntary agreements are in place. We work to ensure ICC member states live up to their moral and legal obligations under the Rome Statute.

Assembly of States Parties

Civil society plays a vital role in the Assembly of States Parties, the ICC’s governing body. Throughout the year and at its annual session, we urge the Assembly to improve its working methods, transparency and state support for justice and the ICC.

A sufficient ICC budget

International justice costs a fraction of the conflicts that make it necessary. Governments must give the ICC the resources it needs to deliver justice that is meaningful for victims.

Electing the best ICC & ASP leaders

For effective and efficient justice, we campaign for ICC member states to nominate elect only the highest qualified candidates to the ICC and its governing body, the Assembly of States Parties.

International organizations

We're working with governments to mainstream accountability for grave crimes into the agendas of international organizations.

Regional organizations

Greater ownership of international justice is needed in every region. Regional bodies must have strong policies and activities to advance global justice.

The major powers

Many of the word's major powers have yet to join the ICC, depriving over half the world population of protection under Rome Statute. Even so, these states can and should do much more to end grave crimes.