Event at UCC: The International Criminal Court a Decade On

The International Criminal Court came into existence on the 1st July 2002. The Court is the first permanent, treaty-based, international criminal court to be established. It was established under the Rome Statute as a significant step forward in ensuring all those who commit the most serious of crimes, such as genocide and crimes against humanity, can be brought to justice. The court therefore stands as an institution that can assist in ending impunity for atrocities that call for an international response. The ICC is currently dealing with 16 cases in seven situations; six of these cases are presently at trial stage. Earlier this year, the court reached a significant milestone in its tenth year when it delivered its first verdict in the Prosecutor v. Lubanga case. In that judgment the accused was found guilty of war crimes relating to the enlistment, conscription and use of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A series of events celebrating the first ten years of the ICC have been held around the globe, reflecting both the achievements of the court to date, and also its many challenges and limitations. This event is part of that series and will reflect on the past and future of international criminal justice at the ICC

Chair: Dr. Vittorio Bufacchi (Department of Philosophy, UCC)

5:30 Welcome – Dr. Fiona Donson (CCJHR, Faculty of Law, UCC)

5:35-6:05 Ms. Justice Harding-Clark

“The ICC – a ten year assessment”

6:05-6:35 Mr. Peter Robinson

“Do International Criminal Courts Deter Atrocities?–a Defence Counsel’s Perspective”

6:35-7:00 Questions and Discussion

7:00 Wine reception – Staff Restaurant

There is no charge to attend this event, but advance booking is essential as places are limited.

If you book a place, and subsequently find that you cannot attend, please cancel in advance so that your place may be reallocated.

Continuing Professional Development: 1.5 hours General CPD

The Faculty of Law reserves the right to substitute and to rearrange presentations as necessary.


Parking at the main UCC campus, s extremely limited.

For bookings please email lawevents@ucc.ie or ring Noreen Delea on

021 490 3220

Details of Faculty of Law events are available at http://www.ucc.ie/en/lawsite/eventsandnews/.

*This event has been kindly supported by the Law Strategic Fund.

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