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ICC Series

The International Criminal Court Colloquium, 2021 


Starting on 29 March 2021, CILPA will be launching the International Criminal Court Colloquium – a series dedicated specifically to advancing the scholarly debate on the work of the world’s only permanent international penal tribunal with responsibility to prosecute genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. The series, which is part of our Africa-ICC Research Project, and co-sponsored by the American Society of International Law and the International Nuremberg Principles Academy, will seek to highlight issues of particular relevance to the future success of the ICC, especially from an African perspective. 

Given the ICC Prosecutor’s significant role, and the concerns of African and other States Parties and civil society about the recent selection process for the ICC Prosecutor whose term will begin in June 2021, CILPA, will convene four separate roundtables with leading experts from academia, governments, and civil society.

The first  of these will assess the ICC Assembly of States Parties’ selection process for the ICC Prosecutor. Panelists will be invited to debate the pros and cons of the recent search, the role of the ASP, and civil society as well as how to strengthen future competency-based searches for ICC principals starting with the pending position of deputy prosecutor. This event will take place on 29 March 2021. Click here for concept note and program. Click here to watch the recording of the first event. 

CILPA will then convene a second  event to discuss the achievements of the African ICC prosecutor and the challenges that await the next prosecutor. This roundtable will likely take place in May 2021. Information on that event will also be posted here.

third  roundtable, in June 2021, will examine the ICC review and reform process. Following the issuance of the independent expert report, in September 2020, the ICC States Parties have gone on to establish a follow-up mechanism to further examine the recommendations. This event will engage the report and its recommendations and question whether the current review and reform process is sufficiently inclusive of the concerns of African States, academia and civil society.

The final  event, taking into account the three preceding events, will discuss the prospects for resetting the Africa-ICC relationship. This event will likely take place in July 2021, as new leadership in the ICC Office of the Prosecutor and the Presidency of the Court and the Presidency of the Assembly of States Parties take over or settle into steering the work of the ICC.

Further information on these upcoming series will be posted on the CILPA website in the near future. In the meantime, should you have an interest in learning more or participating in any of the workshops, we invite you to email us at info@cilpa.org

Recent Events

Symposium and Book Launch: The Legal Legacy of the Special Court for Sierra Leone on 17 December 2020.

The keynote speech was delivered by Member of the International Law Commission, Professor at Florida International University College of Law, and author Dr.  Charles C. Jalloh. 


Sierra Leone's Accession to the New York Convention: Significance, Opportunities, Challenges and Next Steps on 25 February 2021.

The keynote speech was delivered by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of Sierra Leone, the Hon. Anthony Y. Brewah, Esq. 

ICC Colloquium Series: The ICC Prosecutor Election Process: A Post-Mortem on 29 March 2021.

The roundtable discussion was facilitated by Professor Charles Jalloh with commentary by Angela Mudukuti, Open Society Foundation; Ambassador Sabine Nölke, Chair, ICC Committee on the Election of the Prosecutor; and Owiso Owiso, PhD Candidate University of Luxembourg. 

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