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The year ahead at the ICC
The ICC's permanent premises is scheduled to open this year. © ICC-CPI

2015 is set to be a busy year for the ICC. Two new trials will open, a new president will be elected and seven new judges will come on board. At year’s end, the Court will make the long-awaited move to a permanent new home in The Hague. Here are some key dates for your diary. Read More...

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With an ongoing conflict in its east, Ukraine can help deter grave crimes by becoming an ICC member.

Join our call on President Petro Poroshenko to join the ICC now!

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A special court for the Central African Republic?

Civil society is backing a plan for a special criminal court to help the ICC prosecute perpetrators of ongoing abuses in the conflict-stricken Central African Republic. Read more...


10 facts about the ICC Ngudjolo Chui trial

On 27 February, ICC judges confirmed the acquittal of Congolese militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui. Here are 10 facts about the case to bring you up to speed. Read more...

Comparing victim participation at the ICC

With differing systems in place and a review underway, Mariana Pena – legal officer for international justice with the Open Society Justice Initiative – explores the application process for victims to participate in ICC proceedings in this guest post. Read more...

Ongwen and the slow-grinding wheels of the ICC

He may not be a household name, but Dominic Ongwen’s eventual trial at the ICC may highlight the long-forgotten victims of the conflict in Uganda and beyond involving the Lord’s Resistance Army, says Luke Moffet in this guest post from openGlobalRights. Read more...

The ICC’s deterrent impact: what the evidence shows

Despite increased criticism against the ICC, new evidence suggests that the Court may be having a real deterrent impact, says Geoff Dancy, Bridget Marchesi, Florencia Montal and Kathryn Sikkink in this guest post from openGlobalRights. Read more...

Second trial looming for Bemba

In this guest post, Wairagala Wakabi describes the latest developments in case against Jean Pierre Bemba and four others accused of witness tampering in his war crimes trial. Read more...


Meet the ICC’s new judges

Six new ICC judges will be sworn-in at a ceremony in The Hague on 10 March. Elected last December, the new judges will play a central role in shaping international justice over the next decade. So who are they? Read more...

ICC seeks Asia-Pacific judge

ICC member states have until 31 March to put forward candidates to fill a judicial vacancy on the Court’s bench. With only nominees from Asia-Pacific eligible for election, we’re calling on the region’s governments to put forward highly qualified candidates. Read more...

Get the latest on civil society efforts in Côte d’Ivoire

In the latest issue of La Haye, Sidiki Kaba, newly elected president of the ICC Assembly of States Parties, talks about how to rebuild Africa’s confidence in the CourtRead more...

Peru’s ICC crimes bill moves forward

A recent congressional committee decision sets Peru on track to incorporate the ICC Rome Statute into its domestic law. Long fought for by civil society, the move is a welcome step. Congress is now called to act promptly. Read more... 
Is the international community still committed to fighting impunity?
It’s a question central to the success of the ICC and international justice. Does the will to end impunity for the world’s worst crimes still exist? Read more...

“Justice is a human value”

Mariana Pena is a legal officer with the Open Society Justice Initiative. In this guest post from Justice Hub, she discusses her work bringing the views of people on the ground to the attention of experts, the ICC and other tribunals.  

Children, not soldiers

Despite a growing number of prosecutions at the ICC and the launch of a new UN campaign, the brutal crime of using of children as soldiers continues in armed conflicts around the world. Read more... 


Waking up to the scourge of war-time sexual violence

The international community is slowly waking up to the importance of prosecuting perpetrators in ending the global scourge of wartime sexual violence. Yet much work remains to be done.
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Rome Statute: 123
Agreement on Privileges and Immunities: 74

Kampala Amendments
Crime of Aggression: 22
Article 8: 23

Focus Countries 2015

March: Ukraine
April: Haiti, Malaysia

*Each month we call on different countries to join the ICC as part of our Campaign for Global Justice.



8 March: International Women's Day
7-19 March: Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims annual meeting, The Hague. NGOs will discuss the work of the Trust Fund which will this year, for the first time, see its reparations mandate activated.

10 March: Can the ICC Deter Atrocities?, International Peace Institute, New York.

10-11 March: Working group on ratification of the Rome Statute and cooperation with the ICC in the Central American and the Caribbean Region, Parliamentarians for Global Action and the parliament of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo

17 March: Palestine and the ICC, SCL lecture, Asser Institute, The Hague

11, 12 March: Swearing in ceremony for six new ICC judges; Election of a new ICC president, ICC, The Hague

1 April: Palestine becomes the 123rd state party to the Rome Statute
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