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The International Criminal Court Colloquium


On 29 March 2021, CILPA launched 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, seeks to highlight issues of particular relevance to the future success of the ICC, especially from an African perspective.  For further information on the various past and upcoming ICC Colloquiums hosted by CILPA, click on the buttons below:


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 began in June 2021, CILPA, convened four separate roundtables in 2021/2022 with leading experts from academia, governments, and civil society. The roundtable discussions dealt with  selection process for the ICC Prosecutor, the achievements of and challenges for African ICC prosecutors; ICC review and reform process; and resetting the Africa-ICC relationship.


CILPA will convene three roundtable discussions in 2022 to reflect on the situation in Ukraine and to explore the main international legal and policy questions from an African perspective. This is an opportunity for both speakers and participants to engage on a range of critical issues, including the use of force in Article 2(4) of the UN Charter and the exception of self-defense contained in Article 51, as well as questions of state responsibility, the crime of aggression, the right of self-determination and uti possidetis juris. 

Past 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. 


The ICC Colloquium Series Africa, the Ukraine Crisis, and International Law: Quo Vadis?

The Center for International Law and Policy in Africa (CILPA), with the co-sponsorship of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and the International Nuremberg Principles Academy (Nuremberg Academy), launched a series of roundtable discussions exploring International Law and the Use of Force, especially in the context of the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine


The Center for International Law and Policy in Africa and the International Bar Association –and hosted by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP – will convene an interactive dialogue on Universal Criminal Jurisdiction: A Key Tool in the Fight for Atrocity Crimes in Ukraine and Beyond?, on Tuesday, October 25th in New York, and online. The discussion reflected a range of perspectives from academia, State representatives, experts from the International Law Commission and global civil society.