ICC and UN University for Peace sign Memorandum of Understanding
On 15 June 2022, the Registrar of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or the "Court"), Mr Peter Lewis, and the Rector of United Nations (UN) University for Peace, Mr Francisco Rojas Aravena, signed a Memorandum of Understanding ("MoU") to establish close relation and strengthen cooperation. In the ceremony, that was done virtually, participated also ICC Judge Sergio Gerardo Ugalde Godínez and H.E. Arnoldo Brenes Castro Ambassador of the Republic of Costa Rica to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
“In the 20th Anniversary year of the ICC this important initiative provides an opportunity to engage with a new generation of students whose support for international justice will be essential for the future, ” said ICC Registrar Peter Lewis during the signing ceremony.
ICC Judge Sergio Gerardo Ugalde Godínez stated that he considered “the cooperation fitting between two highly regarded organisations, the University for Peace, as the flag bearer on academic research and teachings in the field of peace and international law, and the International Criminal Court, the flag bearer in the fight against impunity and as seeker of justice for victims of international crimes.”
With this MoU, the ICC renews the collaboration framework with UN University for Peace that was first signed in 2016. The agreement highlights the importance of raising greater awareness and cultivating expertise in the mandate and activities of the ICC and defines the terms of mutual cooperation in affording each other assistance by exchanging knowledge, experience and expertise. Both organisation will cooperate closely in various areas such as the Development of resources, programmes and courses on international law, participation in the ICC Internship and Visiting Professionals Programme and other initiatives such as lectures, seminars, events, research, and studies amongst others.
The University for Peace (UPEACE) is a global academic institution of higher education dedicated to the study of peace. Created by UN General Assembly Resolution 35/55, the University for Peace has been training leaders for peace for the past four decades.
The ICC is the first permanent, treaty-based, international criminal court established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community, namely war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and the crime of aggression.
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