IBA Calls on States to Ratify Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

At its global meeting in Singapore the Council of the International Bar Association has called on all remaining States to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The Council, which comprises almost all of the world’s national Bars and Law Societies, noted that to date 105 States have recognised the authority of the Court and appealed for this to be extended worldwide.

IBA Executive Director, Mark Ellis says, ‘The IBA Council, in making this call, is emphasising the need to hold those who have committed terrible atrocities accountable under the law. The ICC provides the framework to do this for all parts of the world where domestic systems are not considered sufficiently resourced or robust. The Court forms a new keystone in the arch of international justice and we do not believe that any citizen of any country should remain without its protection in the 21st century.’

The resolution in support of the ICC was passed unanimously by a vote of the Council, which also asked its member Bars and Law Societies to encourage their respective governments to act, and to support and advance the goals of the ICC.

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Background to the ICC Monitoring and Outreach Programme

In October 2005, the IBA started a new ICC Monitoring and Outreach Programme funded by the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation.

The IBA has a full time representative in The Hague who monitors the work and the proceedings of the ICC, focusing in particular on issues affecting the fair trial rights of the accused, the implementation of the 1998 Rome Statute, the Rules of Procedure and Evidence, and related ICC documents, in the context of relevant international standards. Input is received from legal experts and other interested parties in assessing the work and proceedings of the Court.

As the ICC does not exist in a vacuum, the Outreach component to the Programme aims to deepen understanding of the place of the ICC both within the broader landscape of international justice and within particular contexts. To this end the IBAHRI works in key countries, particularly regional leaders, in partnership with local organisations to strengthen commitment to international law. Furthermore the Outreach component disseminates information and promotes debate on the ICC through the IBA membership network, while also engaging leaders of Bar Associations and Law Societies throughout the globe to encourage a closer dialogue between their constituencies and the ICC on defence issues.

The outreach component to the IBA's ICC Programme seeks to complement the work of other NGOs and the outreach programs of the ICC. The Programme indeed targets key stakeholders and interest groups beyond the limits of the ongoing situations subject to investigation by the Office of the Prosecutor. As outreach work should not be seen as a one-way process, the IBAHRI submits reports to the ICC on the findings and recommendations of its outreach work and provides feedback from the Court to the stakeholders involved in its field work.