Events worldwide are marking entry into force of Rome Statute 10 years ago - what will you do?
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Join us in Celebrating 10 Years of the ICC

Events worldwide are marking the entry into force of the Rome Statute in 2002, the most important advance in the fight against impunity for grave crimes

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On 1 July 2002, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) entered into force, creating the world's first and only permanent international court to prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. As of April 2012, 121 states have joined the Rome Statute and the number keeps growing—in 2011 alone there were six new ICC states parties, the most in any given year since 2003.
The ICC's 10th anniversary is a symbolic milestone that is being celebrated throughout 2012 by all actors involved in the fight against impunity for grave crimes. This is a valuable opportunity to reflect upon the tremendous achievements made in the field of international criminal justice in the past 10 years, as well as a reminder of the urgency for all states committed to justice to ensure continued support for the Rome Statute.
To raise awareness of this anniversary year, the Coalition and its partners have produced numerous publications and resources, as well as holding events and activities worldwide, including lectures, conferences, demonstrations and media actions. A detailed listing of these can be found on our 10th anniversary webpage. The ICC has also launched a 10th anniversary website which features useful tools and resources.

 Please send us your 10th anniversary initiatives, ideas or publications so as to maximize publicity and partnerships around this important date.

Together for justice.
Coalition Secretariat

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Events and activities


Ten Years of International Criminal Court Conference, Amsterdam Law Forum, 14 May 2012
The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court: Achievements, Impact and Challenges, the Grotius Centre with the support of the Open Society Justice Initiative, Peace Palace, The Hague, 27-28 September 2012
International Criminal Court at 10, Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, Washington University Law, 12 November 2012

Potential activities – to be confirmed 

I. The Bahrain Transparency Society (Bahrain’s chapter of Transparency International), Bahrain
II. Arche d’Alliance, South Kivu, DRC
III. Amis de Simon Kimbangu pour la Défense des Droits Humains, Kisangani, DRC
IV. Cote D'Ivoire Coalition for the ICC (CI-CPI), Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
V. French Coalition for the ICC , France (October 2012)
VI. Benin Coalition for the ICC, Benin


Assembling the Defence Symposium, International Criminal Bar, Geneva, 29-31 March 2012
Justice for All? The ICC -  A Ten Year Review, Sydney, Australia, 4-15 February 2012
The Importance of International Justice and Human Rights Research for the Work of the ICC and Other International Judicial Institutions Based in The Netherlands, Ibero-American Institute of the Hague for Peace, Human Rights and International Justice and Ad Informandum (Utrecht University), 2 February 2012

See here for further information on these events and activities.

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Resources, statements and op-eds

ICC launches a tenth anniversary website, ICC press release, 20 April 2012

"The International Criminal Court (ICC) has launched a website ( to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the Rome Statute [...] The ICC supports initiatives of stakeholders to celebrate the tenth anniversary. The website provides free tools, including publications and audio-visual materials, for those hosting events. Additionally, it aims at serving as a platform for States and non-States Parties, intergovernmental and regional organizations, academia and civil society to share information on specific activities throughout the year. The website, which is available in English and French, features a calendar of events, a photo gallery, press releases, and further background information about the Court. Stakeholders can submit their activities and events to the website via the following email:"

ICTJ Launches Special Podcast Series on Complementarity, International Center for Transitional Justice, 2012 

"In an effort to promote dialogue on advancing accountability for crimes against humanity and genocide, ICTJ has launched a special podcast series on complementarity. [...] Our guests are Phakiso Mochochoko, director of the Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division of the ICC; Tarik El-Tumi, program director of Lawyers for Justice in Libya; Judge Dan Akiiki-Kiiza, head of the International Crimes Division of the High Court of Uganda; Binta Mansaray, registrar of the Special Court in Sierra Leone; Ambassador Thomas Winkler, undersecretary for legal affairs of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Heidy Rombouts, program director of GIZ Program for Social Justice, Reconciliation and National Cohesion in Kenya."

"I spoke recently with Judge Sang-Hyun Song, who serves as president of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Elected by all the ICC judges, the president oversees the operations of the court and often represents the institution internationally. Judge Song was in Washington for a series of meetings marking the tenth anniversary of the court, which opened for business in July 2002..."

Was the first decade of the ICC a more just one?, Canadian International Council, 16 April 2012

Discussants include Erna Paris, member of the Honorary Council of the Canadian Centre for International Justice; Jeremy Kinsman, former Canadian ambassador to the European Union; Dr. Bruce Jones, director and senior fellow of the NYU Center on International Cooperation; Dr. Samantha Nutt, an award-winning humanitarian, acclaimed public speaker and a leading authority on the impact of war on civilians; and Kyle Matthews, senior deputy director of the Will to Intervene Project at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Concordia University.


In February 2012, the Nuremberg Human Rights Centre published a booklet entitled “From Nuremberg to The Hague—The Road to the International Criminal Court” on the origins and the structure of the ICC, in both English and German.

10th anniversary of the ICC, editorial, Japan Times, 1 April 2012

"Winston Churchill said, "History is written by the victors," but justice may be decided that way, too. In the 10 years since its inception, the International Criminal Court has found detractors who claim the court is biased. Supporters of the court argue that a permanent international criminal court to investigate, put on trial and judge people who commit genocide, war crimes, the crime of aggression and crimes against humanity is an important step forward for international justice and world peace [...]."

Switzerland’s commitment, Switzerland Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, April 2012

"Switzerland ratified the Rome Statute on 12 October 2001. It considers the ICC to be a major step forward in the struggle against impunity and the promotion of and respect for humanitarian law and human rights. [...] To mark the ICC’s tenth anniversary, the Task Force on Dealing with the Past has organised a number of events under the banner '10 years of the International Criminal Court – national and international jurisdictions: the challenges of complementarity'. The aim of these public events is to raise awareness in political and administrative circles, the academic community and civil society of the issue of international justice, its achievements and challenges. [...]"

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