Official Launch of an Independent Expert Paper on Strengthening the Proceedings at the International Criminal Court

In partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland to the Netherlands, The Hague Institute for Global Justice hosted the launch of the Report “Expert Initiative on Promoting Effectiveness at The International Criminal Court”. Its findings were shared with a broader public (State Parties, NGO’s and experts) and provoked a first discussion on the topic.

From 3-5 September 2014, and upon invitation by the Swiss government, a retreat was held in Glion, Switzerland on the topic of “Strengthening the proceedings at the International Criminal Court (ICC)”. This informal retreat brought together around 60 senior policy makers and practitioners, including representatives of the ICC, States Parties, and NGOs, as well as independent experts. This gathering presented the unique opportunity for an intense and constructive exchange of views on how to further enhance the effectiveness at the ICC, while maintaining an informal and interactive setting governed by the Chatham House Rules.

The discussions in Glion were based on an independent expert report on promoting effectiveness at the ICC, which was drafted by a group of senior independent experts from various legal traditions and institutional backgrounds with great experience on international criminal proceedings from a judicial, prosecutorial and defense perspective.

Following the Glion retreat and a few days before the beginning of the next session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC, the time is now opportune to share its findings with a broader public and to generate a valuable discussion on the topic of strengthening the Rome Statute System.

The Embassy of Switzerland to the Netherlands and The Hague Institute for Global Justice were pleased to host the first public launch in The Hague of the report entitled “Expert Initiative on Promoting Effectiveness at The International Criminal Court”.

Documentation: Background information and documentation can be found under here.


  • Mr. Guénaël Mettraux, Defence Counsel before the STL, ICTY, ICTR & ICC; Professor at the University of Amsterdam and head of the Independent Expert Group
  • Ms. Sanji Mmasenono Monageng, First Vice-President and Judge at the International Criminal Court
  • Mr. Matthias Lanz, Deputy Head of Section, Directorate of International Law, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland
  • Moderator: Mr. Shehzad Charania, Legal Adviser and Head of International Law Team, British Embassy, The Hague

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