High-Level Cooperation Seminar with Southern African States in Botswana
Regional Cooperation Seminar |
Gaborone | Botswana | African States
This high-level seminar brought together 40 high-level officials and other legal experts from nine different countries, including 6 States Parties (Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Seychelles, Netherlands) and 3 non-States Parties (Angola, Mozambique, Zambia) to the Rome Statute, as well as two organizations (Southern Africa Litigation Center, United nations Office on Drugs and Crime [UNODC]). Under the general themes fostering cooperation between the ICC and States and exploring the connections between cooperation and regional and national capacity building, the seminar provided an opportunity to highlight the importance of judicial cooperation nationally, regionally and with the Court, and explored avenues on how the capacity of States in this regard could be strengthened. The seminar was jointly organized by the ICC and Botswanan authorities, with funding from the Netherlands, Norway, and 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.