Enhancing the Court’s Impact on the Ground: A strategic approach to ICC field presences and external operations

Technical Event to Enhance Cooperation |

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


This side event took place during the 14th Assembly of States Parties and brought together a panel of various experts consisting of national authorities and civil society. The purpose of the event was to discuss (i) the importance of ICC field operations for the efficient functioning of the Court, as well as promoting understanding of the Court amongst relevant stakeholders, and (ii) lessons learned on how to maximize the impact of field operations so as to achieve better cooperation for more efficient proceedings. 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