Webinar: The International Criminal Court at 20

On July 19th, 2018, WFMC hosted a webinar to mark the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

The webinar considered the Court’s first twenty years, its current state, and the challenges that lay ahead over the course of a discussion, led by WFMC Executive Director Fergus Watt, with:

Valerie Oosterveld is an Associate Professor at Western University’s Faculty of Law. She is also the Associate Director of the university’s Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction. Her research and writing focus on gender issues within international criminal justice, including sexual and gender-based crimes. Before joining Western Law in July 2005, Valerie served in the Legal Affairs Bureau of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, providing legal advice on international criminal courts and tribunals and how they address genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.


Bill Pace, Executive Director of the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy, as well as Convenor of the Coalition for an International Criminal Court since its founding in 1995. He has been engaged in international justice, rule of law, environmental law, and human rights for the past 30 years.

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Further resources

Rome Statute 20th anniversary high-level commemorations generate strong calls for justice (July 17 2018, from the ICC):

20th anniversary of the Rome Statute: The need for universality and the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction over the crime of aggression (July 17 2018 at the UN)

Interactive panel discussion on the occasion of International Justice Day co-sponsored by the Coalition for the International Criminal Court together with Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) and the Permanent Missions of Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Costa Rica, Cyprus, The Gambia, Republic of Korea, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands, Senegal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, and Uruguay.

The Coalition for the International Criminal Court has gathered a variety of materials to mark the 20th anniversary, including a toolkit, a list of planned events, and links to video and statements.

As well, the website of the International Criminal Court has materials about the 20th anniversary including documentation from an Open Forum that was held in The Hague, The Netherlands earlier this year. The event was attended by over 280 people, including members of civil society, ICC officials, and representatives of states and regional and international organizations. Links to video of the event, as well as photographs and the prepared written remarks from various participants can be found on the ICC’s website.

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