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 upon.
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.