Retreat between the ICC and African States Parties to the Rome Statute
Regional Cooperation Seminar |
Addis Ababa | Ethiopia | African States
The second Retreat between the ICC and African States parties to the Rome Statute brought together 38 Ambassadors, Senior Legal Advisors and other delegates from 19 States Parties to the Rome Statute (Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia), alongside the African Union and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. The Retreat provided an opportunity to update African States Parties to the Rome Statute based in Addis Ababa on judicial developments and other activities at the ICC, as well to extensively and openly discuss ways to strengthen the relationship and dialogue between the ICC, African States and the African Union. The Retreat was made possible thanks to financial support from the European Commission and Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.
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.