High-Level Cooperation Seminar with Eastern European States in Romania
Regional Cooperation Seminar |
Bucharest | Romania | Eastern Europe
This high-level seminar brought together 59 high-level officials and other legal experts from 13 different countries, including 11 States Parties to the Rome Statute (Albania, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia), 2 non-States Parties to the Rome Statute (Macedonia, Ukraine), and 4 other organizations (Council of Europe, Parliamentarians for Global Action, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, COJUR-ICC [EU's Working Party on Public International Law-ICC Subgroup]). The format of the event consisted of a high-level ministerial segment, followed by three technical workshops. The former covered cooperation and universality; the work and mandate of the ICC; preliminary examinations, investigations and prosecutions; cooperation needs; the EU's work in promoting international criminal justice in the region; and complementarity, capacity building and national and regional experiences. The latter focused on: framework agreements, strengthening national capacity in the areas of witness protection and enforcement of sentences, cooperation with the Court, national implementing legislation and universality of the Rome Statute. The seminar was made possible thanks to the support of Romanian authorities and funding from the European Commission.
The ICC’s High-Level Regional Cooperation Seminars aim to enhance cooperation with the Court by increasing understanding about the ICC’s cooperation regime amongst the invitees; promoting dialogue and efforts towards universality of the Rome Statute; and reinforcing high-level and technical-level contacts and partnerships amongst the Court and key interlocutors. Target audiences include Heads of State, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Justice, and senior officials in charge of operational issues related to the ICC and/or international judicial assistance in criminal matters.