The International Criminal Court’s Second Decade: The Politics of the International Criminal Court

16 May 2012 12:00
16 May 2012 14:00

How the Court will handle its relationship with the UN Security Council as well as several emerging powers, including Brazil, India, and South Africa, will determine whether the Court will be able to be perceived as a legitimate actor in its own right, or as just another political tool in the hands of powerful and at times unaccountable states. This risk of politicization has been greatly increased subsequent to the agreement in Kampala on the crime of aggression. As events in Sudan and Libya demonstrate, these risks of politicization are very real and risk undermining the image of the ICC as an independent and impartial institution.

  • Rafael De Bustamante, European External Action Service; Former EU Focal Point for the ICC
  • Medlir Mema, Visiting Researcher, Institute for European Studies & PhD-Candidate, George Washington University
  • Wei Xiaohong, Ph.D. candidate, International Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Renmin University of China; Member of the Editorial Board of the Forum for International Criminal and Humanitarian Law (FICHL)
  • Sunil Pal, Head of the Legal Section of the Coalition for the ICC (CICC)
  • Jamal Shahin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for European Studies (Chair)

This lecture is the fifth and last session of a series of lectures on the International Criminal Court and is organised by the Institute for European Studies in cooperation with the Global Governance Institute.
More information on the lecture series

Registration & Venue

Participation is free of charge and open to all but, due to space limitations, registration is required. A lunch reception is provided at 12:00 and will be followed by the lecture itself. Register!

Institute for European Studies
Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Room Rome & Lisbon
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels

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