ICC REFORM PROCESS SERIES
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.
The ICC Reform Process Series – 2021/2022
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 with leading experts from academia, governments, and civil society.
The first of these assessed the ICC Assembly of States Parties’ selection process for the ICC Prosecutor. Panelists were 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 took place on 29 March 2021.
CILPA then convened the second event to discuss the achievements of the African ICC prosecutor and the challenges that await the next prosecutor. This event took place on 19 October 2021.
A third roundtable, that took place on 19 October 2021, examined 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 engaged 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 of this series, taking into account the three preceding events, discussed the prospects for resetting the Africa-ICC relationship. This event took place on 12 January 2022.
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Scroll through our posts below and click on “Read More” to find out more about the various sessions and watch the recordings of the roundtable discussions.
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.
Read the concept note and program for the event here. 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