Consultations on the ICC Office of the Prosecutor’s Draft Policy on Children

Technical Event to Enhance Cooperation |

The Hague | Netherlands (the) | Western European and other States


The consultations on the OTP's Draft Policy on Children brought together 34 legal practitioners and experts from three States Parties to the Rome Statute (Central African Republic, Colombia, Czech Republic) and 24 other partner organizations from around the world, including from the United nations (UN), European Union, academia, and civil society. The overall objectives of this consultation were to: seek input on the draft Policy from experts, including concrete proposals for amendments; discuss and clarify the approaches the OTP proposes to take, in respect of various issues relating to children, and the reasons therefor; create opportunities to promote cooperation with, and support for, the work of the Office in relation to children; and galvanise and facilitate the sharing of information and collaboration between relevant national, regional and international actors in this area, as well as the legal responses to these specific crimes, thus promoting enhanced integration of mechanisms that recognise and protect the rights of children. The event was made possible thanks to funding from the European Commission.

ICC technical events focus on enhancing cooperation at operational levels amongst senior legal officials and other experts in Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Ministries of Justice, Ministries of Interior, as well as regional and international organisations, so as to allow the Court to carry out its mandate in an efficient and effective manner. In this regard, the Court’s technical events are specific in nature, focusing in particular on technical issues such as victim and witness protection, cooperation agreements, investigations, freezing of assets, arrest and surrender, enforcement of sentences, implementing legislation, ratification of the Rome Statute, strategies and policies, and the role of national experts in international criminal justice matters.

The Court is grateful for the financial support of the European Commission for the event