The ICC in the World: Misconceptions, Challenges and Ways Forward

The ICC is plagued by misconceptions, but also faces actual challenges. This debate aims to set apart the ICC’s supposed focus on Africa from the real difficulties that the ICC is confronted with when trying the continent’s cases and sitting heads of state.

This distinction is essential for the formulation of the best ways forward for this court with its global and permanent mandate. Amidst the calls for the new ad hoc tribunals, this debate about the ICC in the world is particularly timely and necessary.

This public debate is part of the Transitional Justice Fellowship, which is a joint initiative by IJR in Cape Town, South Africa, and The Hague Institute for Global Justice. The fellowship brought together 10-15 carefully selected international high-level-career justice professionals with the potential to become opinion leaders and/or policy makers in their respective countries on topics of transitional justice.

The fellows took part in 2 weeks of dialogue and training in South Africa (8-22 June) and were joined by five additional participants from all over the world during the one week in The Hague (23-27 June). This week in The Hague aimed to deepen and structure the participants’ understanding and knowledge of the international legal architecture, its functioning, and the debates surrounding transitional justice.

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