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International Justice Day: CICC To Hold Live Blogging Session with Convenor William Pace
08 July 2010
Saturday 17 July 2010 is International Justice Day, celebrated in honor of the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Members of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) are celebrating this day in solidarity with victims of crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes through a number of worldwide events.
Please take note that in advance of this important celebration, the CICC will host a LIVE QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION with CICC Convenor, William R Pace, on FRIDAY 16 JULY 2010 from 4 to 5 p.m. CET (10-11 a.m. EST) on the Coalition?s blog at http://www.coalitionfortheicc.org/blog
Celebrating the 12th anniversary of the Rome Statute, CICC Convenor William R. Pace will answer questions on the Rome Statute system and reflect on key outcomes of the recent ICC Review Conference.
To follow the live discussion, visit the Coalition's blog ?In Situ: See Justice through the Eyes of Civil Society?, at: http://www.coalitionfortheicc.org/blog
We kindly invite you to submit your questions during the live event or in advance to: [email protected]
BACKGROUND: On 17 July the world celebrates International Justice Day, in honor of the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC). International Justice Day is a reminder of the urgency for all States committed to justice to ensure continued support for the Rome Statute?s international justice system. Twelve years ago on this date, the Rome Statute was adopted by an overwhelming vote of 120 nations. Today, 111 nations have joined the Court and the number keeps growing. Coalition members are celebrating this day in solidarity with victims of crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes through a number of worldwide events.
This year, International Justice Day takes place only a few weeks after the conclusion of the first Review Conference of the ICC Rome Statute, which was held in Kampala, Uganda from 31 May to 11 June. At the Conference, ICC Member States agreed upon amendments to the Rome Statute. In particular, the Review Conference adopted a definition for the Crime of Aggression as well as provisions governing the terms of the Court?s ability to investigate and prosecute individuals for the crime of aggression. In Kampala, states also made important commitments on the issues of cooperation, complementarity, victims and affected communities and peace and justice.
For more information on the International Justice Day, please visit the Coalition's website at: http://www.coalitionfortheicc.org//?mod=rome
For more information on the ICC Review Conference, see: http://www.coalitionfortheicc.org/?mod=review
ABOUT THE CICC: The Coalition for the ICC is a civil society network of 2,500 organizations in 150 countries advocating for a fair, effective and independent ICC. Through this committed global partnership, the Coalition?s guiding mission is to make justice universally accessible for victims of the gravest crimes in an effort to secure lasting peace.
For more information on the Coalition, see: http://www.coalitionfortheicc.org/
WILLIAM R PACE, CICC CONVENOR: William R. Pace has served as the Convenor of the CICC since its founding in 1995. He is the Executive Director of the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP) and is a co-founder and steering committee member of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect. He has been engaged in international justice, rule of law, environmental law, and human rights for the past 30 years. He previously served as the Secretary-General of the Hague Appeal for Peace, the Director of the Center for the Development of International Law and the Director of Section Relations of the Concerts for Human Rights Foundation at Amnesty International, among other positions. He is the President of the Board of the Center for United Nations Reform Education and an Advisory Board member of the One Earth Foundation, as well as the co-founder of the NGO Steering Committee for the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and the NGO Working Group on the United Nations Security Council. He is the recipient of the William J. Butler Human Rights Medal from the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights and currently serves as an Ashoka Foundation Fellow. Mr. Pace has authored numerous articles and reports on international justice, international affairs and UN issues, multilateral treaty processes, and civil society participation in international decision-making.