Ten years ago, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, entered into force. Since then, the Court has made important strides forward in becoming an important player in the international criminal justice arena. With nearly 120 member states, seven situations referred under the three different referral mechanisms envisioned in the Rome Treaty, and several more under consideration, it is difficult to dismiss the Court as irrelevant in the global governance architecture.
However, as it embarks on the second decade of its existence, the Court faces difficult challenges and determined efforts by some attempting to delegitimize and politicize it, thereby undermining its ability to carry out its mandate to bring about an end to impunity. Foremost among these challenges are:
- Finding new ways to move forward State and Non-State Party Cooperation with the ICC
- Ensuring proper implementation of victim participation and reparation regime in the Rome Treaty
- Paying sufficient attention to the prosecution of gender-based crimes
- Determining how the Court will handle its relationship with the UN Security Council as well as several emerging powers
Against this background, several policy makers, academics, Court officials, and civil society representatives will come together over the course of four lecture series to suggest how to best deal with the aforementioned issues. By sharing their concerns and best practices, we hope to make an important contribution to ensuring the success of the Court as it begins its journey into its new decade. Chatham House rules apply.