By Thomas Verfuss in The Hague
Frustrations around some aspects of how the International Criminal Court
functions – accumulated over the past 17 years since its founding treaty, the
Rome Statute, came into force and culminating in the past few years – have been boiling over. States, the creators
and the legislators of the first permanent international criminal jurisdiction,
have begun a “court review” process. But it may be years before any concrete
action comes of this cumbersome exercise since diplomats spend lots of time
discussing the procedure for appointing experts who would make recommendations
for improvement, deciding what they may look at, and what they may not reflect
Journalists For Justice has elected to focus attention on the first
immediate steps that can be taken very quickly in order to create the necessary
momentum for an ICC reform process. JFJ looks at the reality of the court cases
to see what can be done immediately to visibly improve the prospects for
justice, thus creating a positive momentum and optimism for the future.
First installment: reform article 70 of the Rome Statute.