Side Event on the Length of the Proceedings at the International Criminal Court at the Twenty-First Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute


On the occasion of the twenty-first Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, taking place from 5 to 10 December at the World Forum in The Hague, the Netherlands, the International Nuremberg Principles Academy is again organising a side event, this time focused on the length of proceedings at the International Criminal Court (ICC), titled: "The Trials at the International Criminal Court – How Long is Too Long?". The event, hosted by Germany, will take place on 5 December from 6.15 to 8.00 pm.

Speakers of the event are Tania von Uslar-Gleichen, Head of the Legal Department of the German Federal Foreign Office, Judge Piotr Hofmanski, President of the ICC, Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova, President of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, Dr Fabricio Guariglia, Director of IDLO and former Director of Prosecutions at the ICC, and Dr Gurgen Petrossian, International Criminal Law Research Unit of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). The International Nuremberg Principles Academy will moderate the panel discussion.

The side event is dedicated to one of the most essential questions relating to ICC reform: whether proceedings at the ICC are overly long and if so, how they can be made more expeditious, taking into account the potential impact of length of proceedings on overall fairness, including in particular the rights of the defence.

The expert panel will examine a report, outlining the specific and detailed findings of the research conducted by the FAU and the Nuremberg Academy in response to a resolution of the German Bundestag, and what guidance they may provide in undertaking effective reform of ICC proceedings, including through the Assembly of States Parties' Study Group on Governance.

The event will only be open to those accredited to attend the ICC Assembly of States Parties, but a brief summary will be posted on the Nuremberg Academy website afterwards.