July 1998, Rome. After 3 years of negotiations, plenipotentiaries from 185 member states of the United Nations adopt a convention establishing a permanent international criminal court. 20 years later, an assessment is needed. Whilst many saw in the Rome Statue a theoretical construction doomed to fail, the last two decades proved them wrong, at least on paper. Nowadays, the International Criminal Court counts 123 States Parties and more than 900 staff members; 10 situations are under preliminary examination by the Office of the Prosecutor, while 11 investigations are ongoing. 26 individuals have been charged with genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. In other words, the Court functions, but for many, slowly – only 5 trials have come to an end: 3 convictions and 2 acquittals – and scarcely – on the 26 individuals charged, 15 are still at large. The institution is thus not free of criticisms which are multifaceted, interdisciplinary, polymorphous, and often contradictory.
It is to these criticisms that the international symposium « The ICC Statute Reaches 20: Critical and Interdisciplinary Approaches » is dedicated. On December 3rd and 4th at ULB, nearly 30 experts – professionals and academics – will be meeting around one objective: to unveil and question some of the fundamental criticisms levelled against the Court. The event will be held in the form of six round tables. Each of them will address a theme around which these critic(ism)s revolve. The discussions will, amongst other things, focus on the quest for legitimacy of the Court, the strategies that are being implemented by the Court and before it, how the Court is perceived and its activities received, as well as the way(s) the Court is represented.
The ICC Statute Reaches 20: Critical and interdisciplinary approaches. The Conference – bilingual English/French (without interpretation) – will be held December 3-4, 2018, at ULB, Dupréel Auditorium, Avenue Jeanne 44, 1050 Bruxelles.
Registration free but required : https://tinyurl.com/yarry9na.
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