International Criminal Court at 20: Reflections on the Past, Present and the Future


On July 1st, 2022 the President of the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, Jean-François Thony, and the Secretary General, Ezechia Paolo Reale, participated in the conference “International Criminal Court at 20: Reflections on the Past, Present and the Future” in The Hague, Netherlands.
The conference represents an occasion to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the International Criminal Court as one of the permanent pillars of the international legal system. The entry into force, on 1 July 2002, of the ICC’s founding treaty, the Rome Statute, enabled the commencement of the Court’s operations under its mandate aimed at ensuring accountability for the gravest crimes under international law, contributing to their prevention, and providing justice to victims. The conference allowed for in-depth discussions on the different aspects of the Court’s concrete operations, from the earliest reports of alleged crimes to final judgments and the reparation of victims. It was also an occasion for reflections on how well the ICC has met expectations, as well as what main trends can be discerned for the further development of the international criminal justice system going forward.