Membership in the Rome Statute – Why and How?

Technical Event to Enhance Cooperation |

Apia | Samoa | Asia-Pacific States


This workshop took place as a side event at the 48th Pacific Islands Forum, with participation from high-level representatives from governments in the region as well as regional and intergovernmental organisations and provided an open platform for exchange on the region's experiences with the ICC system. The event was organised following the invitation from the Government of Samoa and thanks to the financial support of the European Commission.

Remarks by Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi President of the International Criminal Court at the 48th Pacific Islands Forum


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