Nuremberg Forum 2018

20th Anniversary of the Rome Statute: Law, Justice and Politics

The International Nuremberg Principles Academy organized its Nuremberg Forum 2018, the major annual conference held in Courtroom 600 at the Nuremberg Palace of Justice, Nuremberg, Germany on 19 and 20 October 2018.

The Nuremberg Forum 2018 paid tribute to the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute and critically evaluated the past 20 years while also looking at the next 20 years in terms of practice and the ever-changing landscape of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC has seen many “firsts” in the last 20 years in terms of law, procedure and practice. The conference offered a specific focus while addressing important challenges and critiques that have remained unresolved or have newly emerged in the context of the permanent court.

By analyzing the interplay between law, justice and politics, the Nuremberg Forum 2018 examined key aspects and developments at the ICC. By providing this forum for critical reflections and discussions, the Nuremberg Academy put the fundamental tenents of the Nuremberg Principles at the core of the discussions and assessed the advancement and illuminate the development of international criminal law.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute, the Nuremberg Academy brought together more than 30 high-level international experts, practitioners and scholars from the field.


Panel I: Making of the Rome Statute
Panel II: Case selection
Panel III: Length of proceedings
Panel IV: Victims’ participation and reparations
Panel V: Exercise of jurisdiction and complementarity within the Rome Statute
Panel VI: State engagement and disengagement
Panel VII: Quo vadis, ICC? The ICC within the next 20 years

Keynote Addresses by: Minister Heiko Maas (Federal Foreign Office) and Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda (International Criminal Court)

Speakers included: Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova (Kosovo Specialist Chambers); Judge Philippe Kirsch (formerly International Criminal Court); Ambassador Hans Corell (formerly United Nations); Prosecutor Serge Brammertz (United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals); Dr. Philipp Ambach (International Criminal Court); Dr. Fabricio Guariglia (International Criminal Court); Prosecutor Brenda J. Hollis (Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone); Professor Erika de Wet (University of Pretoria); Bill Pace (Coalition for the International Criminal Court); Barbara Lochbihler (European Parliament); Professor William Schabas (Middlesex University London); Ambassador Christian Wenaweser (Mission of Liechtenstein to the UN); Pieter de Baan (International Criminal Court); Richard Dicker (Human Rights Watch) and Dr. Michelle Jarvis (International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism on Syria).

Please find the program and a conference report here below.