Seminar on Cooperation with Focal points of Situation Countries
Technical Event to Enhance Cooperation |
The Hague | Netherlands (the) | Western European and other States
The third seminar on Fostering Cooperation with Focal Points of ICC Situation Countries brought together 25 government officials and other legal expert participants from 12 different countries, including 9 States Parties (Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Uganda) and 3 non-States Parties (Cameroon, Libya, Mauritania) to the Rome Statute, as well as 2 other organizations (Institute for International Criminal Investigations, Justice Rapid Response). The seminar focused on cooperation related matters, such as the arrest and surrender of indictees, the establishment of channels of communication with the Court, freezing of assets, and protection of victims, which are all intrinsically linked with each other and required for the effective execution of the Court's mandate. Thus, the seminar allowed for in-depth discussions between focal points and the Court on issues relating to cooperation and how these issues may be resolved. The event was made possible thanks to financial support from the European Union, Netherlands and Finland.
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.