Justice, Reconciliation and the Role of the International Criminal Court (ICC)

6 February 2008
Brussels, Belgium

The Rome Statute which established the Court entered into force in July 2002. This was a high point following a concerted effort by the nations of the world to address impunity at the international level. The international community played a significant role in the negotiation of a comprehensive treaty which laid the foundations for an effective international strategy for the prosecution of the most serious crimes of international concern. Very significantly, the establishment of the ICC (and the creation of the ad hoc tribunals and special courts before it) also signalled the conviction of the international community that justice is an intrinsic component of durable peace.

About the Speaker

Fatou Bensouda