IBA International Criminal Court and International Criminal Law (ICC & ICL) Programme

Wednesday 10 April 2024

Our Work

The IBA International Criminal Court & International Criminal Law (ICC & ICL) Programme, based in The Hague, works to increase cooperation with and support for the ICC and other accountability efforts, with the goal of strengthening the Rome Statute system globally and achieving fair, effective, and accessible justice for victims of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and aggression.

  • We consult and engage with the Office of the Prosecutor, Presidency, and Registry of the ICC. We also consult with State representatives, civil society organisations, academics, and international lawyers. The IBA ICC & ICL Programme is the IBA's representative to official bodies of the ICC, including the Assembly of States Parties, and is the IBA's representative to the NGO Coalition for the ICC. 
  • We collaborate with key partners on activities to increase engagement of the global legal community with the ICC and on international law. 
  • We monitor and analyse emerging issues of particular relevance to lawyers. Our substantive work includes thematic legal analysis of proceedings, ad hoc evaluations of legal, administrative, and institutional issues which could potentially affect the development of international justice, and expert legal analysis on issues relevant to our mandate. Programme information is disseminated through reports, expert discussions, workshops and other events.
  • We support the development of international criminal lawyers, through the annual IBA ICC Moot Court Competition, and through the ICC & ICL Legal Internship Programme.

Since its establishment in 2005, the IBA ICC & ICL Programme has contributed to the development of international criminal justice through monitoring and analysing issues related to fairness and equality of arms at the ICC, and through conducting outreach to deepen the understanding of the place of the ICC within the broader landscape of international justice and in particular contexts.

IBA ICC Moot Court Competition

Since 2017 the IBA has partnered with Leiden University’s Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies to stage the IBA ICC Moot Court Competition, which attracts law students from across the globe to test and sharpen their skills for careers as international lawyers. As of 2021, a new five-year Memorandum of Understanding positions the IBA as the primary supporting partner of the event. 

After two years of virtual pleadings and events, the 2024 IBA ICCMCC will return to its in-person format taking place between 31 May to 7 June 2024 in The Hague. We look forward to welcoming students and legal experts from around the world for a full week of oral hearings, academic events, networking events, and much more.

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The 22nd Assembly of States Parties

The Assembly of States Parties took place from 4–14 December 2023 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States.

The IBA was represented by Kate Orlovsky, Director of the Hague Office and the IBA ICC & ICL Programme.

In advance of the ASP, the IBA ICC & ICL Programme issued its briefing paper setting out Priorities and Recommendations for the 22nd ASP Session. The IBA presented these priorities and recommendations in a statement submitted to the ASP General Debate on 7 December 2023.

The IBA contributed as a panellist during the ASP Plenary session on cooperation held on 8 December, and organised, in partnership with the ICC Bar Association and the Embassies of France and Slovakia, a side event on ‘State Cooperation: An Essential Component of Fair Trials at the ICC’.

Read our news release on the conclusion of the ASP session.

Strengthening the International Criminal Court and the Rome Statute System: A Guide for States Parties

Strengthening the ICC and the Rome Statute System: A Guide for States Parties provides detailed guidance and recommendations for all existing and future States Parties to fulfill their responsibilities and obligations in the Rome Statute and guarantee a stronger and more effective ICC.

Part 1 focuses on the role that all States Parties should play in ensuring the Assembly’s effective oversight of the ICC.

Part 2 calls on all States Parties to establish comprehensive and effective national frameworks to implement their individual obligations to investigate and prosecute Rome Statute crimes nationally, in accordance with the principle of complementarity, and to cooperate fully with the ICC’s investigations and prosecutions.

Part 3 examines the role that States Parties should play individually and collectively through the Assembly to promote universality of the Rome Statute and ensure that all States Parties implement their responsibilities and obligations under the Rome Statute.

The Guide has been structured to be a resource for representatives of States Parties, and other stakeholders, to support the effective functioning of the ICC, including through the development and regular review of effective national implementing legislation.

Strengthening the ICC and the Rome Statute System: A Guide for States Parties

The IBA ICC & ICL Legal Internship Programme (The Hague)

The ICC & ICL Legal Internship Programme is a remote internship only. For updates and any other information on how and when to apply can be found by clicking the button below. Intern positions are only available to graduate law students, postgraduate law students, and newly qualified lawyers.

Note: Applications are on hold until further notice.

Internship opportunities