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  • IBA Hague Office welcomes the first International Criminal Court agreement on the release of persons after acquittal

    The International Bar Association's (IBA) International Criminal Court and International Criminal Law (ICC & ICL) Programme, based in the IBA’s Hague Office, today welcomed the signing of agreements between Argentina and the ICC as means to facilitate the Court’s ability to realise the rights of the accused under the Rome Statute.

  • Closure of Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia marks end of important chapter for international justice – IBA

    News Release: Thursday 21 December 2017. Ahead of the upcoming closure of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) – established in May 1993 in response to flagrant violations of international humanitarian law occurring within the territory of the former Yugoslavia – International Bar Association (IBA) legal experts reflect on the contributions to international justice of the first war crimes court created by the United Nations.

  • ICC receives 2017 Stockholm Human Rights Award and discusses investigation into Afghanistan in Q&A

    The 2017 Stockholm Human Rights Award has been presented to the International Criminal Court (‘ICC’ or ‘the Court’) – the only permanent international criminal court of last resort – in recognition of its advancement of international justice and strengthening of human rights. His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf made the presentation at a ceremony held in the Berwaldhallen concert hall in Stockholm, Sweden on 20 November 2017.

  • International Criminal Court to receive 2017 Stockholm Human Rights Award

    News release: Thursday 7 September 2017. The winner of the 2017 Stockholm Human Rights Award is announced as the ICC by the International Bar Association, co-sponsor of the award. In Stockholm, Sweden, on 20 November 2017, the Principals of the ICC – the President, Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi; the Prosecutor, Dr Fatou Bensouda, and the Registrar, Mr Herman von Hebel – will receive the award on behalf of the ICC.

  • IBA attends official opening of the permanent premises of the International Criminal Court

    News Release: Thursday 21 April 2016. The International Bar Association (IBA) was among a select group of civil society organisations to join the official opening ceremony of the permanent premises of the International Criminal Court (ICC or the Court) in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 19 April 2016.

Events and Campaigns

The Role of the UPR in advancing human rights in the administration of justice

Thursday 17 March 2016, 1600h-1800h. The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations invite you to the launch of the IBAHRI report, 'The Role of the Universal Periodic Review in advancing human rights in the administration of justice'. Room XXIV, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

Human Rights: Can we go it alone?

Human Rights: Can we go it alone? Thursday 10 September - Following the General Election, a national debate has arisen in the UK regarding the suitability of the Human Rights Act and the country's relationship with the European Court of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights. For our 20th Anniversary Speaker Session, the IBAHRI delved deeper into this debate by asking whether regional mechanisms are an essential part of human rights protection, or can countries 'go it alone'?

Roundtable discussion - Witnesses under threat? 15 July 2013

On 15 July 2013, the IBA ICC Programme hosted Witnesses under threat? a roundtable discussion on the ICC’s efforts and challenges in managing and protecting witnesses. The event, held at The Hague Institute for Global Justice, marked the launch of the Programme’s latest report, Witnesses before the International Criminal Court, which encourages reflection on the Court’s reliance on witnesses, assesses its challenges and accomplishments in supporting, protecting and managing witnesses, and provides recommen

Rountable discussion - Raising the Bar: Assessing the relationship between lawyers and the ICC after ten years, November 2012

On 20 November 2012, the IBA ICC Programme held a panel discussion to launch its report Counsel Matters at the ICC: The role of lawyers in establishing international criminal courts and safeguarding their legacy, during the 1th Assembly of States Parties (ASP) Meeting, in The Hague.

Roundtable discussion - Great Expectations: exploring individual and mutual responsibilities of states and the ICC, Nov 2010

The IBA hosted an experts’ roundtable discussion entitled ‘Great Expectations: exploring individual and mutual responsibilities of states and the International Criminal Court’ on 30 November, 2010, at the Peace Palace, The Hague. The panel – comprising ICC Second Vice-President Hans-Peter Kaul, Ambassador of Ireland and ASP Facilitator on Cooperation Mary Whelan, University of Amsterdam Professor Göran Sluiter and ICC International Cooperation Adviser from the Office of the Prosecutor Olivia Swaak-Goldman

Calling African Female Lawyers - IBA/ICC campaign

On 12 May 2010, the IBA and the International Criminal Court (ICC) launched a campaign to encourage qualified African women lawyers to apply for admission to the ICC List of Counsel and Lists of Assistants to Counsel. The campaign was launched during a press conference held at the ICC in The Hague.

Reflections on the 2010 Review Conference: legacy, impact and sustainability of the Rome Statute System, January 2010

On 19 January 2010 the IBA ICC Programme organised a roundtable discussion on ‘Reflections on the 2010 Review Conference: legacy, impact, and sustainability of the Rome Statute System’. The event featured: Judge Philippe Kirsch, Ambassador Jorge Lomonaco, Ambassador Stephen Rapp and Professor William Schabas. Prior to the Roundtable Discussion, The IBA was able to secure exclusive interviews with the US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes, Stephen Rapp and the former ICC President.

Rountable discussion - Making the ICC a global reality through cooperation: perspectives, challenges & strategies, November 2008

On 12 November 2008, the IBA Roundtable Discussion on ‘Making the ICC a global reality through cooperation: perspectives, challenges and strategies’.

Roundtable discussion - Right to Defence & Equality of Arms before the International Criminal Court, November 2007

The IBA roundtable discussion of November 2007 represented the first opportunity issues on the role of the defence and defence counsel before the ICC were publicly discussed.