The Consultative Conference on International Criminal Justice: Plans and Strategies for the Next Three Years
Wednesday, September 9, to Friday, September 11
The United Nations, New York City
BackgroundThe Rome Statute and the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) are key events among many that have created a permanent, global, justice system dependent on international institutions, national states, and non-governmental organizations. Today, that system includes regional courts, international law enforcement bodies, and new organizations working toward the control of violence, the promotion of lasting security, and the manifestation of justice for the world’s gravest crimes.
Yet the networks on which this “system” depends—networks among states, among NGOs, among international bodies—are unevenly developed and only tenuously connected to one another. If the international criminal justice system is to continue to mature over the next decade, these networks, too, must be strengthened and, when possible, better coordinated. The Consultative Conference on International Criminal Justice was designed to facilitate this work.
The meeting will continue the tradition of consultation by the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court in the presentation of OTP’s three-year plans in 2003 and 2006, but will expand the discussion beyond the Rome Statute bodies to include national and transnational institutions essential to the realization of international justice. Discussions are to be practical and action-oriented, focused on concrete plans and strategies for the next few years rather than on concepts and principles.
Conference Materials:Conference discussion papers used to frame each session are available for download.
Selected Press Coverage:UN News | Associated Press | Huffington Post | Guardian | Christian Science Monitor