Expert Meeting on The Impact and Effectiveness of the International Criminal Court

The Hague Institute for Global Justice and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies hosted on 11 and 12 December 2014 in The Hague, the Netherlands a conference/expert meeting on “The Impact and Effectiveness of the International Criminal Court”.

In contemporary discussions on the effectiveness of the International Criminal Court (ICC), considerable emphasis has been placed on governance issues, efficiency and reform of legal procedures. Less attention has been devoted to broader contextual questions, such as the assessment of ICC interventions and study of its intended and unintended effects. This meeting sought to address this challenge. It explored five key themes that require further attention in strategy, research and practice:

  • Goals, impact, and impact-assessment of ICC action;
  • Foundation and effects of complementarity;
  • Approaches towards the peace and justice nexus or tradeoff, and in particular the treatment of ‘interests of justice’;
  • The nexus between ICC intervention and ‘restorative justice’; and
  • Perceptions, outreach and sustainable ‘exit’.

The purpose of the meeting wass to take stock of existing literature, policies, and practices, review some of the existing approaches, and identify potential strategies to address underlying tensions and problems. It was held under ‘Chatham House’ rule in order to facilitate dialogue among different constituencies and stakeholders. It was the final conference of the project on ‘Post-Conflict Justice and Local Ownership’ of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.

The conference programme can be found here.

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