International Expert Conference "Integrity in International Justice"


The International Nuremberg Principles Academy, in co-operation with the Centre for International Law Research and Policy (CILRAP), co-organized an international expert conference on ”Integrity in International Justice” in the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 1-2 December 2018.

The twenty years that have passed since the adoption of the Statute of the International Criminal Court in 1998 have seen several changes in international relations, including increased scrutiny of the operation of international courts. There is concern that multilateralism is under growing pressure. However uncomfortable at times, this environment of increased scrutiny provides a welcome opportunity to revisit the role of the individual in international justice institutions. Focusing on the standard and practice of "integrity" or "high moral character" is an open-ended necessity for international justice institutions facing the common challenge of professionalization.

The project considered “integrity” in international justice from several angles, including the following four: 

  • What could States Parties do better to uphold the “integrity” requirement, including in election or appointment of high officials and oversight?
  • Which effective institutional measures are available to the international courts to give proper effect to the “integrity” standard?
  • How can individuals in international justice institutions increase their awareness of “integrity” and make it an active part of their professionalization?
  • How do the principles of “integrity” and independence relate to each other in international justice?

Speakers included: Payam Akhavan, Olympia Bekou, Morten Bergsmo, Emiliano J. Buis, Hans Corell, Gunnar Ekeløve-Slydal, Gregory S. Gordon, FAN Yuwen, Jan Fougner, Richard J. Goldstone, Hanne Sophie Greve, Bridget Inder, Karim A.A. Khan, Adel Maged, Teresa McHenry, Erik Møse, Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, Klaus Rackwitz and Christopher Staker.

Call for Papers

An anthology of conference papers and some additional chapters will be published under the title “Integrity in International Justice” in the Nuremberg Academy Series (NAS), a publication series of the International Nuremberg Principles Academy (TOAEP).

Persons interested should e-mail a one-paragraph abstract and a summary biography to by 31 August 2018. Paper proposals must address one or more of the questions raised above and elaborated in the policy brief. Selected candidates will be notified by 5 September 2018 at the latest. Their travel and accommodation expenses will be covered. The final submission deadline for book chapters is 1 March 2019. Chapters should be approximately 10,000 words long. The book will be published by the summer of 2019. The organizers hope that the conference and book will contribute towards the crystallization of a sub-discipline of “ethics of international criminal justice”.