Press Release: 27 October 2023

ICC hosts webinar on ”Victims before the ICC” with partner universities in Asia-Pacific

ICC hosts webinar on ”Victims before the ICC” with partner universities in Asia-Pacific

On 27 October 2023, the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or the “Court") together with partner universities from the Asia-Pacific region (Doshisha University, Ewha Womans University, Kyoto University and Seoul National University) hosted an online webinar on the theme ”Victims before the International Criminal Court”.

The webinar featured remarks from ICC Judges, presentations of professors and researchers from partners universities, and an open discussion. ICC Judges Chang-ho Chung and Tomoko Akane delivered opening and closing remarks. The webinar was attended online by interested teachers, researchers and students and general public, in particular from the Asia-Pacific region.

“This webinar always provides a good opportunity to share the views and information from the Asian Pacific Region - academia, students and others - and today, regarding international criminal justice, and especially issues of the Rome Statute, allowing us to explore the possibility of better systems and proceedings for victims,” judge Tomoko Akane said.

On the theme of victims before the ICC, judge Chang-ho Chung stated: “The Rome Statute provides participation and reparations as separate procedures. But I believe that both are linked very closely and participation itself is a very important form of reparations. Therefore, developing jurisprudence, and procedural practices to ensure transparent and efficient participation is the beginning of the remedy for the Rome Statute victims.”

This event was held in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute. It forms part of a broader effort to enhance awareness of the Court in the Asia-Pacific region. Out of the 123 States Parties to the Rome Statute, 19 are Asia-Pacific States.

Adopted on 17 July 1998, the Rome Statute is the ICC's founding treaty, ratified by 123 countries. The ICC is the first permanent 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.

This webinar was held with the funding of European Union.

Programme of the webinar

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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