Coalition launches year of commemorations for ICC treaty

Following the high-level launch event at the permanent premises of the ICC, the Coalition hosted a day of interactive forums at the Peace Palace on 16 February 2018. 

In three sessions, panelists from all facets of the Rome Statute System addressed key questions about the history, evolution and future of the ground-breaking treaty that established the ICC. In the spirit of spurring a genuine interactive dialogue, each session was punctuated by interventions from  the audience, which included representatives from the Hague diplomatic community, current and former leaders of the Court and CICC members from around the world. 


The Coalition would like to express our sincere gratitude to all those who participated in our launch event commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Rome Statute. Your attendance demonstrates your commitment to not only commemorating, celebrating, and honoring this historic achievement, but to ensuring a future for international justice worthy of the ideals and principles that led to Rome.

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Rome Statute at 20 - Interactive forums / History, impact and outlook 

On 16 February 2018, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court held an Interactive Forum at the Peace Palace in The Hague to launch a year of commemoration for the 20th anniversary of the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Key players behind the Rome Statute system discussed the ICC and international justice system's history, impact and outlook in increasingly difficult political circumstances. 

Session I - Historical Significance of ICC Rome Statute

Participants addressed the question of the historical significance of the Rome Statute to the development of international criminal justice, civil society and national justice efforts, as well as its place within the framework of ad hoc tribunals in the wider international criminal justice structure.


- H.E. Mr. Juan Antonio Yanez-Barnuevo, Ambassador (retired); Head of the Delegation of Spain at the Rome Conference 

- Ms. Kimberly Prost, Chef de Cabinet to the President of the International Criminal Court; ICC Judge-elect 

- Mr. Fabricio Guariglia, Director of the Prosecutions Division, International Criminal Court 

- Ms. Evelyn A. Ankumah, Executive Director, Africa Legal Aid (AFLA)

Participants discussed the successes and shortfalls of the foundational elements of the Rome Statute in the areas of cooperation, complementarity, victims and more. Panelists also assessed the challenges of the current geopolitical landscape in which the court operates.


-Dr. David Donat Cattin, Secretary-General, Parliamentarians for Global Action

-Ms. Lorraine Smith van Lin, Post-Conflict Justice Adviser, the REDRESS Trust

- Mr. Darryl Robinson, Professor, Queen's University, Canada

Session II - Assessing the impact of the RS 20 years out

Session III - Future of the Rome Statute and the ICC

Participants discuss key challenges to be overcome within the ICC, and attempt to determine the opportunities available to position the Court more positively within global politics. They tackle subjects such as extreme nationalism and the deepening crisis of multilateralism.


--Mr. Richard Dicker, Director of the International Justice Program of Human Rights Watch

-Ms. Jennifer Trahan, Associate Clinical Professor, Center for Global Affairs, New York University

-Mr. Andras Vamos-Goldman, Executive Director of Justice Rapid Response (JRR)

- Mr. Klaus Rackwitz, Director, International Nuremberg Principles Academy (INPA)

Launch Forum Rome Statute at 20

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