November 12, 2010 7:00 pm
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The Road From Kampala Conference: An Analysis of the First Review Conference of the Rome Statute
On July 17, 1998, 120 countries adopted the Rome Statute, creating the International Criminal Court in response to an internationally-recognized need to end impunity for the perpetrators of the most heinous crimes, including genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
The International Criminal Court (ICC), the first permanent, treaty-based criminal court, is a fully independent international organization, with its seat at The Hague in the Netherlands. The ICC complements domestic courts, so that national judicial systems retain jurisdiction over genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. As a court of last resort, the ICC only acts when national proceedings are not genuine, or if a state is unwilling or unable to prosecute offenders.
Unlike the International Court of Justice, the ICC has criminal jurisdiction to prosecute individuals. The ICJ is a civil court that primarily handles cases arising between sovereign States.
At the First Review Conference on the ICC (May 31 to June 11, 2010 in Kampala, Uganda), State Parties adopted a historic amendment to the Rome Statute clarifying for the first time how and when the Court can exercise jurisdiction over the Crime of Aggression, and creating a mechanism to help prevent the commission of the crime.
In defining the Crime of Aggression and developing a framework for the exercise of jurisdiction over those who commit it, the parties to the Rome Statute seek to deter state actors from engaging in armed conflict, and thereby diminish the human suffering that is the calamitous side-effect of war.
The Road From Kampala Conference will feature an array of prominent international law scholars and practitioners, many of whom were present at Kampala for the negotiations surrounding the Crime of Aggression. For the list of speakers and their bios, please click here.
Funding and support for the Road From Kampala Conference has been generously provided by many institutions and organizations, including the Duke Human Rights Center.