Seminar: Increasing the Efficiency of the Criminal Process at the ICC, While Preserving Individual Rights

On 10 December 2010, the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) adopted, by consensus, a resolution establishing a study group to facilitate a “structured dialogue between States Parties and the Court with a view to strengthening the institutional framework of the Rome Statute system and enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the Court while fully preserving its judicial independence.”

In 2012, the Court produced its first Report on Lessons Learnt. In that report, it identified a number of “clusters,” which it viewed as needing consideration following 10 years of practice at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the completion of the first trial. That same year, States established the Roadmap on Reviewing the Criminal Procedures of the International Criminal Court (Roadmap), which set out a process under which the Judges’ Working Group on Lessons Learnt would submit proposals for amendments to the Rules of Procedure and Evidence (RPE) to States, drawing on those clusters identified in the Lessons Learnt Report. To date, States have adopted amendments to the RPE in the form of a new Rule 4bis, 132bis, 134bis-quater, and amendments to Rule 100 and Rule 68. This year, the Court has submitted proposals relating to language and interpretation, and organisational clusters.

This seminar sought to build on the work of the Working Group on Lessons Learnt by providing substantive content for some of the clusters identified in its first report. The seminar convened experts from the ICC, the ad hoc tribunals, States, academia and the Bar to examine key issues in this regard.

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