Nuremberg Benchmarks for International Criminal Justice

Nuremberg Benchmarks for International Criminal Justice


The Nuremberg Academy conducted a feasibility study together with the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) and in collaboration with Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia. The study's goal was to determine whether benchmarks for international criminal justice could be established and, if so, to assess the practicability of such benchmarks.

Through varied workshops and consultations, the project partners engaged with diverse groups of experts from the international criminal justice system, monitory justice systems and related fields. The study's main conclusion has been positive: establishing such benchmarks is not only feasible but, in the view of the project partners, necessary.

The study concluded that developing and maintaining such a monitoring system is substantively and operationally feasible and that the benchmarks should be developed to measure the effectiveness of multiple actors in addressing international crimes.

A shared monitoring system can support goal-setting by helping to clarify the varied objectives of international criminal justice. It is also central to engaging with wider stakeholders on the impact of the international criminal justice project in furthering our shared mission to end impunity and achieve sustainable peace through justice.

The Nuremberg Benchmarks proposed in the 2020 report are particularly timely now, considering increasing demands on the international criminal justice system. However, it is also clear that their establishment is a long-term undertaking. The project partners cannot implement this project as it exceeds their organisational mandates and operational capacities. A new coalition would need to be formed to carry this forward. To facilitate this next phase, the Nuremberg Academy and HiiL are sharing what they have learned in the process of assessing the project's feasibility.

The project partners are grateful to the international experts who supported this research and welcome feedback on our findings. We remain committed to advancing the conversation around benchmarks for international criminal justice and highlighting the important contribution they can make to sustained peace.

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