international justice

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WFMC News for January 2020: International Court of Justice ruling on the Rohingya crisis

On Thursday, January 23rd, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued their ruling on the case submitted to them in November by the Gambia against the government of Myanmar for failing in its obligation to prevent and punish the perpetration of the crime of genocide against the Rohingya people.The ICJ unanimously ordered Myanmar to “take all measures […]

70th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions

pdf available by René Wadlow August 12, 2019 marked the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Geneva Conventions. The 1949 Geneva Conventions, and the 1977 Protocols Additional are central instruments of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). Today, many WFM program priorities are dedicated to building on and strengthening IHL, with the intention that the rule of […]

TakeAction for November 2019: Building international justice

Building international justice: Ahead of next month’s meeting of the Assembly of States Parties, ask the Canadian government to continue and increase their support of the International Criminal Court The 18th session of the annual meeting of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute will be held December 2nd to 7th in […]

Challenging times for the International Criminal Court

pdf available by Yasmina Gourchane The International Criminal Court (ICC) has faced a number of challenges of late: threats from officials of the United States government; questionable judicial decisions; imminent changes to its leadership. Coming off a year of 20th anniversary celebrations and commemorations in 2018, supporters of the Court have more recently been looking […]

ICC Update

pdf available The International Criminal Court is currently engaged in ten preliminary examinations, has eleven situations under investigation, and is pursuing 26 cases that involve 42 defendants. Preliminary examinations are currently being conducted in Afghanistan, Bangladesh/Myanmar, Colombia, Guinea, Iraq/UK, Nigeria, Palestine, the Philippines, Ukraine, and Venezuela. Following the preliminary examination, the request to open an […]

TakeAction: Building international justice

July 17th, the World Day for International Justice, marks the 21st anniversary of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has recently been faced with  a number of challenges, including threats from the United States government, questions surrounding some decisions, and the ongoing issue of the […]

The ICC comes under attack – again

pdf available by Yasmina Gourchane On 10 September 2018, US National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaking at a meeting of the right-wing Federalist Society in Washington DC, publicly denounced the International Criminal Court. He called it a creation of “self-styled global governance advocates,” and went on to announce that “the United States will use any […]

Making Effective Use of Existing Legal Obligations in the Face of Atrocity Crimes

pdf available based on Remarks Delivered in the UN Trusteeship Council by Professor Jennifer Trahan, New York University, October 22, 2018 As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Genocide Convention, the international community has not done well in ensuring that “never again” means “never again.” There are three current challenges to addressing […]

Meeting of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, December 5-12 2018

Each year, WFMC partners with officials at Global Affairs Canada to organize a meeting among Canadian civil society representatives and members of the Canadian delegation to the ASP. The meeting was held earlier in November ahead of the 17th session of the annual meeting of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute […]

TakeAction for November 2018: The International Criminal Court needs Canada’s support

The 17th session of the annual meeting of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute will be held December 5 – 12, 2018 in The Hague. The provisional work plan and background documentation is available on the website of the ASP. Ahead of the ASP meeting, WFMC has once again partnered with officials […]

Take Action: John Bolton and the International Criminal Court

On September 10th, United States National Security Advisor John Bolton gave a speech to the Federalist Society in which he spoke, at length and with numerous inaccuracies, about the International Criminal Court. You can watch the speech or read the full text. Bolton began his speech talking about the establishment of the International Criminal Court being the […]

TakeAction for July 2018: Building international justice

July 17th, the Day of International Criminal Justice, marks the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court. One way for Canada to mark this 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute would be to ratify the Kampala Amendments on the crime of aggression. Negotiations in December 2017 in New […]

TakeAction: Building the Responsibility to Protect

Whither Canadian diplomacy in support of the Rohingya In what has become one of the worst ongoing atrocities of our times, approximately 700,000 members of the Rohingya  minority have been forced since last August to flee northern Rakhine State in Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh, where they are struggling to survive. According to a March 2018 report […]

The ICC Turns 20

This year is the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court. Commemorations of the anniversary began earlier this month with an Open Forum held in The Hague, The Netherlands.The event was attended by over 280 people, including members of civil society, ICC officials, and representatives of states and regional […]

ICC activates jurisdiction over crime of aggression (December 2017)

by Fergus Watt, Executive Director, World Federalist Movement – Canada Marathon up-to-the-last-minute diplomatic negotiations in New York recently led to a historic decision to “activate” the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction over the crime of aggression. The negotiations took place at the ICC’s December 4-14 meeting of its Assembly of States Parties. While the Court has […]

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