The International Criminal Court Forum is a legal journal and world-wide discussion forum on complex legal issues of importance facing the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

The ICC Forum is run by the UCLA School of Law with support from the Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project and is a partnership with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

The Video is an Introduction to the Forum by ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.

Debate key issues in International Criminal Law and help us shed some light on tough legal issues faced by the International Criminal Court’s Prosecutor.

All debates are open for comment.

What you say here matters. The Prosecutor is listening.

Arrest Question

What more can be done to secure the arrest and surrender of persons subject to arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court?

Opinions Discussion Background

  • Nadia Banteka, LL.M. Lecturer in International Law The Hague University

  • Richard Dicker Director, International Justice Program Human Rights Watch

  • Tom Parker CTITF Adviser for Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism Independent Consultant

  • Professor Cedric Ryngaert Associate Professor Utrecht University

  • Professor Beth Van Schaack Visiting Scholar The Center on Security & Cooperation, Stanford University

Africa Question

Is the International Criminal Court targeting Africa inappropriately?

Opinions Discussion Background

  • M. Cherif Bassiouni Distinguished Research Professor of Law Emeritus DePaul University College of Law

    Douglass Hansen Legal Officer International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences

  • Kamari Maxine Clarke, Ph.D. Professor Yale University

  • Margaret M. deGuzman Associate Professor Temple University Beasley School of Law

  • Chief Charles Achaleke Taku Barrister at Law, International Lawyer Lead Counsel, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Special Court for Sierra Leone, ICC

  • Abdul Tejan-Cole Executive Director Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA)

Mass Rape Question

Can the International Criminal Court sustain a conviction for the underlying crime of mass rape without testimony from victims?

Opinions Discussion Background

  • Kelly Dawn Askin, J.D., Ph.D. Senior Legal Officer, International Justice Open Society Justice Initiative

  • Anne-Marie de Brouwer, Ph.D., LL.M. Associate Professor Tilburg University/Tilburg Law School

  • John Hagan, Ph.D. John D. MacArthur Professor Northwestern University & American Bar Foundation

  • Catharine A. MacKinnon, J.D., Ph.D. Professor of Law Michigan Law; Harvard Law

  • Ruth Wedgwood, J.D. Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Reparations Question

What International Criminal Court reparations regime would be most appropriate for addressing mass atrocities and war crimes?

Opinions Discussion Background

  • M. Cherif Bassiouni Distinguished Research Professor of Law Emeritus DePaul University College of Law

  • Carla Ferstman, B.A., LL.B, LL.M. Director REDRESS

  • Saul Levmore, J.D., Ph.D. William B. Graham Distinguished Service Professor of Law University of Chicago Law School

  • Frédéric Mégret, LlB, DEA, Dipl. IEP, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in the Law of Human Rights and Legal Pluralism Faculty of Law, McGill University

  • Eric A. Posner Kirkland & Ellis Professor University of Chicago Law School

Prevention Question

What measures should be taken to maximize the crime prevention impact of the International Criminal Court?

Opinions Discussion Background

  • Kenneth Anderson Professor of Law Washington College of Law, American University

  • Dr. Tomer Broude Professor Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • William W. Burke-White, J.D., Ph.D. Deputy Dean and Professor of Law University of Pennsylvania Law School

  • Richard J. Goldstone Professor Fordham Law School

  • Ambassador David Scheffer Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law and Director, Center for International Human Rights Northwestern University School of Law

Libya Question

Should Saif al-Islam Gaddafi be tried by the National Transitional Council of Libya or by the International Criminal Court?

Discussion Background

Oversight Question

This debate addresses a constitutional issue: What is the proper balance between the independence of the International Criminal Court and the oversight role of the Assembly of States Parties regarding the Court’s administration under Article 112 of the Rome Statute?

Opinions Discussion Background

  • José E. Alvarez Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law New York University School of Law

  • Nicholas Richard Cowdery AM QC BA LLB Professor Sydney Institute of Criminology, University of Sydney

  • Max du Plessis Associate Professor University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban

    Gevers Avatar Image Christopher Gevers Lecturer, Faculty of Law University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban

  • Akbar Khan, LLB (Hons), LLM, Barrister-at-Law Director and Principal Legal Adviser to the Commonwealth Secretary-General Commonwealth Secretariat, London

  • Harmen van der Wilt, PhD Professor (Chair of International Criminal Law) University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Darfur Question

What are the obligations of Contracting Parties to the Genocide Convention to implement arrest warrants for genocide issued by the International Criminal Court, and of African Union State Parties to implement ICC arrest warrants generally?

Opinions Discussion Background

  • Dapo Akande University Lecturer in Public International Law & Co-Director, Oxford Institute of Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict; Yamani Fellow. University of Oxford (St Peter’s College)

  • Paola Gaeta, Ph.D. Professor of Law University of Geneva

  • Makau W. Mutua Dean and SUNY Distinguished Professor University at Buffalo Law School

  • William A. Schabas, LLD, OC, MRIA Professor of Human Rights Law National University of Ireland, Galway

  • Göran Sluiter, Ph.D. Professor in the law of international criminal procedure University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law

Gaza Jurisdiction Question

Does the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court have the authority to open an investigation into alleged crimes committed in the 2008-2009 Gaza conflict?

Opinions Discussion Background

  • Professor George P. Fletcher Cardozo Professor of Jurisprudence Columbia Law School

  • Dr. Marlies Glasius Senior Lecturer University of Amsterdam

  • Dr. Michael Kearney Lecturer in Law University of Sussex

  • John Quigley, M.A., LL.B. President’s Club Professor in Law Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University

  • Yaël Ronen Assistant Professor Sha’arei Mishpat College, Hod Hasharon, Israel

The Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project was established in 2009 by a generous gift from Sanela Diana Jenkins, who works on an on-going basis with UCLA faculty and students to advance the cause of human rights and international justice around the world. The Project engages in a range of activities, continuously identifying and pursuing the most promising opportunities for addressing human rights issues around the globe, while at the same time advancing understanding about human rights through interdisciplinary studies.

Typical activities have included the development and utilization of web-based technologies to advance human rights; assistance to and support of prosecutors and judges in international criminal tribunals; conferences, roundtable discussions, and speakers series focused on developing a breakthrough understanding of particular human rights challenges; and field research in conflict and post-conflict societies.

The Project utilizes the best scholarship and analyses of human rights and international justice from the fields of law, politics, sociology, history, and economics in order to set its agenda and select human rights opportunities to pursue. And it uses its practical engagement in human rights advocacy to improve scholarly understanding.

For more information, please contact Professor Richard H. Steinberg, Director, Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project, UCLA School of Law, (310) 267-2064. Or visit the project at UCLA School of Law’s website.

  • Sanela Diana Jenkins, Founder

    Sanela Diana Jenkins, Founder

  • ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and Professor Richard Steinberg at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

    ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and Professor Richard Steinberg at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

  • In 2011, students visited the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands.

    In 2011 (above) and 2013 (below) the staff of the UCLA Human Rights & International Criminal Law Online Forum met with senior staff from the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to coordinate work on the Forum.

    In 2013, students visited the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands.

The Rome Statute

PREAMBLE

The States Parties to this Statute,

Conscious that all peoples are united by common bonds, their cultures pieced together in a shared heritage, and concerned that this delicate mosaic may be shattered at any time,

Mindful that during this century millions of children, women and men have been victims of unimaginable atrocities that deeply shock the conscience of humanity,

Recognizing that such grave crimes threaten the peace, security and well-being of the world,

Affirming that the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole must not go unpunished and that their effective prosecution must be ensured by taking measures at the national level and by enhancing international cooperation,

Determined to put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of these crimes and thus to contribute to the prevention of such crimes, …

Continued

Flags from the conference with ratified the Rome Statute.

The Exit Interview

  • Luis Moreno-Ocampo Luis Moreno-Ocampo Senior Fellow Jackson Institute, Yale University

The former Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court engages in a candid discussion of his tenure at the ICC. Ask questions of the former Prosecutor and he will endeavour to answer the best ones.

Video & Discussion Background

Awards for the ICC Forum

Professor Richard H. Steinberg and Entrepreneur and Human Rights Activist Sanela Diana Jenkins with the HiiL Innovating Justice Award, 2012.

The ICC Forum Named One of the World’s Top Three Justice Innovations of 2012 by the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL)

In honoring the Forum, Awards Jury Chair Professor Anne van Aaken said, “The Forum is unique because it provides communication between the legal community and the international tribunal. The Forum models openness and can set an example for other institutions trying to work with national courts to help them be more open to civil society.”

2013 Computerworld Award in the World-Good Category

In 2013, the ICC Forum was a Computerworld Laureate in the “World-Good” category.

2013 Lecture Series

Special Lecture Videos & Debates

In collaboration with Stanford University

Universality Lecture

Is universal state participation in the International Criminal Court system desirable and, if so, how could that be achieved?

Video & Discussion

Peace Lecture

To what extent can the International Criminal Court advance peace around the world?

Video & Discussion

Victims Lecture

Assuming that the International Criminal Court chooses to retain victim participation in its processes, how can victims’ representation at the ICC be improved and victims’ rights be protected?

Video & Discussion

Arrest Lecture

What steps can and should the International Criminal Court take to secure the arrest and surrender of indictees?

  • Ambassador David Scheffer Ambassador David Scheffer Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law and Director, Center for International Human Rights Northwestern University School of Law

Video & Discussion

Efficiency Lecture

In what ways could the International Criminal Court’s bureaucracy, finances, judicial election process, and relationship with the States Parties be reformed to increase its efficiency as an instrument for international justice?

  • M. Cherif Bassiouni M. Cherif Bassiouni Distinguished Research Professor of Law Emeritus DePaul University College of Law

Video & Discussion

Deterrence Lecture

To what extent is the deterrence of mass atrocities an attainable goal of the International Criminal Court?

  • James D. Fearon, Ph.D. James D. Fearon, Ph.D. Professor of Political Science Stanford University

Video & Discussion

Security Council Lecture

How should the relationship between the International Criminal Court and the United Nations Security Council be changed, if at all, to advance international justice?

  • Richard Dicker Richard Dicker Director, International Justice Program Human Rights Watch

Video & Discussion

Politics and International Justice Lecture

To what extent should the International Criminal Court’s Office of the Prosecutor consider or engage in politics to advance international justice?

Video & Discussion

The ICC Forum Book Series

The ICC Forum Book Series Cover Proxies

A book on the ICC Forum debates is in the works!