The Symposium on “Strategic Vision for the Next Decade: How to Ensure Consistent and Sustainable Support for the International Criminal Court” was organized by the Siracusa Institute on October 12-13, 2023, in cooperation with the International Criminal Court’s Assembly of States Parties to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute. It built on the Assembly of States Parties commemoration process launched in The Hague on 12 July and continued in New York on 17 July 2023.
With around 80 esteemed guests from international courts, States Parties, Observer States, academia, international and regional organizations, NGOs and civil society, including the ICC President and Judges, and a high number of participants following the conference remotely, the International Symposium marked a significant milestone.
The Symposium included four high-level panel discussions, namely:
The program included also a presentation of the Ethica principles for international criminal judges, the outcome of a collaboration between the Siracusa Institute, the International Nuremberg Principles Academy, and the École Nationale de la Magistrature.
The “Siracusa Declaration on Ensuring Consistent and Sustainable Support for the International Criminal Court”, adopted at the conclusion of the symposium, reaffirmed the importance of strengthening the Court, encouraged States Parties to cooperate with it, recalled the principle of complementarity and called for the effective implementation of the Rome Statute, the strengthening of the institutional framework of the Court and the Rome Statute system.