IBA welcomes the adoption of the Code of Conduct for the Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court

The International Bar Association (IBA) welcomes the adoption of the Code of Conduct for the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) on 5 September 2013. The Code, which now exists alongside a number of other documents regulating the conduct of ICC officials, establishes minimum standards of professional conduct expected of members of the OTP, and others carrying out work on behalf of the OTP. Until recently, the need for this Code had been a gap identified by the IBA in its monitoring of the ICC, and was considered necessary to provide greater clarity concerning the OTP’s legal and ethical obligations.

The IBA Executive Director, Dr Mark Ellis, commented: ‘We commend this development. The adoption of this Code completes a framework of standards governing the conduct of defence and victims’ counsel, judges, and prosecutors alike. This means all professionals working before the ICC are expected to adhere to common standards and that there are avenues of recourse for breaches of these requirements.’

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