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What Contribution can Scholarship make to the Development of International Criminal Law?

Wednesday 22 March 2023
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague

Perspectives from Academia and Practice on the occasion of the 4th edition of the Commentary on the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court


Scholarship has influenced the making of international criminal law. However, its impact is on practice is not always directly visible. We would like to explore this topic at the occasion of the Hague launch of the 4th edition of the commentary on the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.  The commentary was founded by the late Otto Triffterer shortly after the Rome Conference in 1998.

Now, almost 25 years later the ICC is a well-established institution and the commentary has expanded considerably aiming to be an ever more useful tool for the Court’s practice and beyond.  There is of course, as always, room for improvement.

The purpose of this launch is to hear from practitioners and colleagues what contribution, if any, the commentary makes to their daily work and how it could be (further) improved. We will first discuss the interplay of academia and practice, including judicial, prosecutorial and Defence perspectives. We will then address specific topics of contemporary relevance, such as aggression, immunities or the law of evidence, and the role of the commentary in domestic investigations and prosecutions. 

Introductory Remarks:

Kai Ambos, Göttingen University / KSC

Carsten Stahn, Professor of International Criminal Law and Global Justice, Leiden University

Thomas Klich, C.H.Beck International 

First Panel: What role/contribution of academia, the Commentary as an example

  • General conversation with practitioners, moderated by Kai Ambos
  • Judge Hofmanski, President ICC
  • Mame Mandiaye Niang, Deputy Prosecutor ICC
  • Kate Gibson, President ADC-ICT

Second Panel: Selected topics treated in the Commentary and the impact on practice

  • Crime of aggression, Comment by Judge Socorro Flores Liera, ICC
  • Law of Immunity, Comment by Judge Mindua, ICC
  • Law of evidence: means, production, admissibility, new developments (digitalisation etc.), Comment by Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova, President KSC
  • Special topic: decentralised prosecution, the case of Ukraine, Comment by Yuriy Belousov, Head War Crimes Unit Prosecutor General Ukraine
  • Moderation: Carsten Stahn

Location: Wijnhaven Building
Turfmarkt 99, 2511 DP, The Hague, the Netherlands
Wednesday, 22 March 2023 from 17:30 to 20:00 with drinks reception to follow

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