Opening of the Judicial Year 2022 and 4th Judicial Seminar of the ICC

Event with Focus on the Legal Profession |

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

Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova, President of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, delivers her Keynote Address at the opening of the ICC judicial year 2022 on 20 January 2022 at the seat of the Court in The Hague ©ICC-CPI<br>

The solemn hearing was followed by the Fourth Annual Judicial Seminar of the ICC, held in a virtual format in light of the global pandemic. The seminar was attended by ca. 65 judges from international, regional and national courts, including several chief justices of ICC States Parties. This edition of the Judicial Seminar was devoted to the topic "Disciplinary Mechanisms Applicable to Judges", allowing for a rich exchange of views and experiences on a theme that is of relevance to all jurisdictions and particularly topical for the Court in light of recommendations made by the recent Independent Expert Review for amending the current disciplinary system in place. A summary report of the Judicial Seminar was published after the event.

Through specific judicial events and activities, the Court seeks to increase awareness and enhance cooperation with national judicial actors and the legal profession in general. Some of the overall goals are to promote the specialisation and training of lawyers in the law of the Statute and the Rules as per Regulation 140 of the Rules of the Registry, promote dialogue and exchange of expertise, foster a sense of community, increase awareness and support for the Court amongst national, regional and international judicial institutions, as well as develop knowledge and skills, share mutually relevant information, and build and maintain operational and technical relationships with bar associations and the ICC listed Counsel, thus providing a forum for consultations with the legal profession.