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IBA International Criminal Court and International Criminal Law (ICC & ICL) Programme

Our Work

The ICC & ICL Programme produces regular reports on the ICC, commenting on current proceedings and fair trial developments at the Court and providing detailed recommendations.

Our work also includes the production of regular commentaries on topics related to its mandate, through the release of position papers, presentations and addresses at international events.

Strengthening the International Criminal Court and the Rome Statute System: A Guide for States Parties

Strengthening the ICC and the Rome Statute System: A Guide for States Parties provides detailed guidance and recommendations for all existing and future States Parties to fulfill their responsibilities and obligations in the Rome Statute and guarantee a stronger and more effective ICC.

Part 1 focuses on the role that all States Parties should play in ensuring the Assembly’s effective oversight of the ICC.

Part 2 calls on all States Parties to establish comprehensive and effective national frameworks to implement their individual obligations to investigate and prosecute Rome Statute crimes nationally, in accordance with the principle of complementarity, and to cooperate fully with the ICC’s investigations and prosecutions.

Part 3 examines the role that States Parties should play individually and collectively through the Assembly to promote universality of the Rome Statute and ensure that all States Parties implement their responsibilities and obligations under the Rome Statute.

The Guide has been structured to be a resource for representatives of States Parties, and other stakeholders, to support the effective functioning of the ICC, including through the development and regular review of effective national implementing legislation.

Strengthening the ICC and the Rome Statute System: A Guide for States Parties

The 21st Assembly of States Parties

The Assembly of States Parties takes place over six days from 5–10 December 2022 at the World Forum Convention Center, The Hague, Netherlands. Like every year, The Hague Office of the IBA is attending these events. 

In advance of, and during the ASP, the IBA ICC & ICL Programme issued several documents and statements highlighting critical issues that are on the agenda of this session, and urge States Parties to take decisions that support the just, fair and effective functioning of the ICC.

Priorities and Recommendations IBA Statement to the Plenary IBA Media Statement

The IBA ICC Moot Court Competition

Since 2017 the IBA has partnered with Leiden University’s Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies to stage the IBA ICC Moot Court Competition, which attracts law students from across the globe to test and sharpen their skills for careers as international lawyers. As of 2021, a new five-year Memorandum of Understanding positions the IBA as the primary supporting partner of the event. 

After two years of virtual pleadings and events, the 2023 IBA ICCMCC will return to its in-person format taking place between 2 and 9 June 2023 in The Hague. Registration for the 2023 edition is now open and we look forward to welcoming students and legal experts from around the world for a full week of oral hearings, academic events, networking events, and much more.

Detailed information on 2023 edition More information on the IBA ICC Moot Court

The IBA ICC & ICL Legal Internship Programme (The Hague)

The ICC & ICL Legal Internship Programme is a remote internship only. Applications for 2023 are on hold until further notice. For updates and any other information on how and when to apply can be found by clicking the button below. Intern positions are only available to graduate law students, postgraduate law students, and newly qualified lawyers.

Click here for more information on IBA internship opportunities