Press Release: 18 January 2018

ICC holds Judicial Seminar on Complementarity and Cooperation of National, Regional and International Courts

Participants of the judicial seminar held at the ICC in The Hague on 18 January 2018 ©ICC-CPI

Today, 18 January 2018, the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "Court") opened a judicial seminar titled "Complementarity and Cooperation of Courts in an Interconnected Global Justice System", taking place at its seat in The Hague, Netherlands.

The seminar, first of its kind at the Court, brings together for an interactive discussion more than 50 senior judges, including chief justices, representing the national jurisdictions of 25 States Parties to the Rome Statute, 8 regional or international courts, and the International Criminal Court.

"As courts experience similar challenges, there is need to engage in a broader dialogue on how best to solve them", said ICC President Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi in her opening remarks. "Our mandates and jurisdictions are distinct but we all share a unique and same goal, which is to ensure accountability and solve conflicts through justice. (...) Ending impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression is only possible with a shared vision and a joint commitment. I hope that we will today sharpen that vision and strengthen that commitment." 

Participants are discussing the interconnectedness of international, regional and national courts as part of a global system, collectively aimed at ensuring the rule of law and, in particular, accountability and justice for the gravest crimes under international law.

This Seminar is organised with the financial support of the European Commission. The Seminar will be followed by a formal Ceremony marking the opening of the ICC judicial year.

Opening remarks of ICC President Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi at the ICC Judicial Seminar

Video of the Seminar

Pictures of the Seminar

For further information, please contact Fadi El Abdallah, Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs Unit, International Criminal Court, by telephone at: +31 (0)70 515-9152 or +31 (0)6 46448938 or by e-mail at: [email protected].

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