On Wednesday 5 December 2012, as part of the Visitors Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague Institute for Global Justice in collaboration with Parliamentarians for Global Action hosted an informal debate took place on Current Challenges for the International Criminal Court.
The debate provided a forum of interaction with key representatives from states parties to the Rome Statute, in order to inform the views and eventual decisions on ratification and implementation of the Rome Statute of Malaysian representatives from the justice sector and from the parliament.
The debate revolved around challenges related to operation of the principle of complementarity, the role of states parties in ensuring cooperation with the ICC, the Kampala amendments including on the crime of aggression and the relationship between the ICC and the UN, specifically the Security Council. Key topics of discussion pertained to issues of immunities of Heads of States with a focus on the Malaysian monarchy; implementation of the Rome Statute and the process between ratification and implementation; and the problems and challenges related to Security Council referrals and potential ways to circumvent these.
Participants in the debate included H.E. Ybhg. Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail (Attorney General of Malaysia), Hon. Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz (Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department), Hon. Dato’ Mahfuz Omar (Member of Parliament for Pokok Sena) and Hon. Mohd Yusmadi Mohd Yusoff (Member of Parliament for Balik Pulau). H.E. Anniken Ramnes Krutnes (Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway), H.E. Willy De Buck(Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to the International Organisations in The Hague), Professor Niels Blokker (Deputy Head International Law Division, MFA), Dr. Rod Rastan (Office of the Prosecutor ICC), and Dr. Deborah Ruiz Verduzco (PGA) presented expert views on selected issues. The debate was moderated by Mr. Coskun Coruz (former Member of the Parliament of The Netherlands and Deputy Convenor of the International Law and Human Rights Programme of Parliamentarians for Global Action).
This debate complemented other ICC-related consultations in the programme of the Malaysian Visitors, including meetings with the President and Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, and a Hearing on the ICC Process in Malaysia held by the Standing Committee of Foreign Affairs of the Dutch Parliament.
For more information about the ICC Process in Malaysia see also:http://www.pgaction.org/countries/asia/malaysia.html