Conference – The First Ten Years of the International Criminal Court

26th Apr 2013, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Business Learning Centre

The First Ten
Years of the International Criminal Court: Achievements
and Challenges

On the 1st of July 2002, the Rome Statute, establishing the first permanent International Criminal Court (ICC), entered into force. Currently, the  Statute has been ratified by 122 States. The ICC constitutes a fundamental step in the evolution of the universal system of human rights protection and in the fight of impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

The Conference brings together scholars and practitioners in order to examine the law and practice of the ICC ten years since its establishment. It examines the contribution of the ICC to the development of international criminal law and the impact of its activities in countries where most serious crimes have been committed. The Conference addresses the achievements of the ICC in its first decade, and ways in which its practice could be refined or improved in future cases.


  • 10.00am –
    University Welcome – Professor
    George Talbot, Edge Hill University
  • 10.15am –
    Opening Remarks – Dr.
    Triestino Mariniello, Edge Hill University
  • 10.30am – Keynote Address – The Practice of the International Criminal
    Court: Opportunities and Challenges –
    Cuno Tarfusser, Vice- President of the ICC
  • 11.00am –
    Coffee Break
  • 11.15am – Panel 1 – Witness Tampering at the International Criminal Court – Prof.
    Robert Cryer, University of Birmingham. Balancing Rights of the Accused with Rights of Victims
    before the International Criminal Court –
    Morris Anyah, Lead Appeals Counsel to Charles Taylor. Lubanga Decision on Victims’ Reparation:
    Handing Off the Hot Potato? –
    Paolo Lobba, University of Bologna
  • 1.00pm
    –  Lunch
  • 2.30pm – Panel 2 – Building National Capacity for the ICC: Prospects and
    Challenges –
    Olympia Bekou, University of Nottingham. The Politics of
    Complementarity: The Kenya Cases and the International Criminal Court –
    Phoebe Okowa, Queen Mary University of London. Blame it on the ICC? Importing German theories into
    the African Continent, Indirect Co-Perpetration and Beyond –
    Dr. Mohamed Elewa Badar, Brunel
  • 4.00pm –
    Coffee Break
  • 4.45pm – Concluding Remarks – Dr. Triestino Mariniello, Edge Hill University
  • 5.00pm – Students Award Ceremony

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