Coalition for the International Criminal Court
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European civil society and governments, including the European Union and its Member States, are among the Court’s staunchest supporters and have played absolutely crucial roles in the historic establishment of the ICC. Europe and the Central Asian Republics today have 42 States Parties, 6 signatories (Armenia, Krygyzstan, the principality of Monaco, the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Uzbekistan) and 6 non-signatories (Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazhakstan, Turkmenistan, and Turkey and the Holy See) to the ICC.

Eighteen European countries have completed cooperation legislation and updated their criminal codes so that they are in harmony with the Rome Statute (Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, and the United Kingdom).

The Coalition has a network of almost 300 member organizations in Europe and, in close cooperation with CICC’s regional office in Brussels, these NGOs organize campaigns to promote the ratification of the ICC treaty in the European region and beyond, raising awareness of the Court’s mandate and role, giving training to local NGOs on the ICC, organizing roundtables on the implementation of the Rome Statute, and other events to support the fight against impunity through the ICC.
List of Subregions
Western Europe and EU Members
Almost all the countries in this sub-region are states parties to the ICC, with the exception of Monaco and the Vatican City State. The Coalition’s work in this region is focused on encouraging ratification by the remaining non-states parties and developing the implementing legislation of states parties. The implementation process takes time and several countries have adopted flawed legislation; as such, full harmonization has yet to be reached. The Coalition's Europe Office works closely with national networks to ensure that implementing processes are open, transparent, and involve civil society.
Russian Federation and Eastern Europe
Moldova is the only State Party from this sub-region. The main focus of the Coalition’s efforts in the Russian Federation and Eastern Europe relate to promoting ratification and encouraging these countries to draft implementing legislation by developing civil society campaigns as well as working with governments.
South Caucasus and Central Asia
Georgia and Tajikistan are the only States Parties to the ICC from this sub-region. The Coalition engages in a combination of implementation and ratification-related work in the South Caucuses and Central Asia. The Georgian Coalition for the ICC carried out substantial work to promote the full implementation of the Rome Statute by Georgia. The Georgian Coalition decided, when its objective was achieved in 2003, to promote the development of a South Caucasian Coalition for the ICC (Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan), to use its acquired experience and promote ratification and implementation of the Rome Statute in the other two countries of the region. The CICC is currently working with local NGOs in all three countries.
South Eastern Europe
All the countries in this sub-region, with the exception of Turkey, are states parties to the ICC. The Coalition is working with NGOs in Albania, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to develop a Balkan coalition for the ICC.
Conference Reports and Declarations
Author Date, Title and Summary
Africa Legal Aid (AFLA)
07 Apr 2005
Maastricht, The Netherlands -- Seminar organised by Africa Legal Aid (AFLA) entitled "The North-South Aspects of International Justice and the International Criminal Court".
Draft Legislation
Author Title Date
Serbia and Montenegro
1947|1948 Sept 2004
Serbia and Montenegro
1949|1950 Sept 2003
Enacted Legislation
Author Date and Title
12 July 2011
Action Plan to follow-up on the Decision on the International Criminal Court
21 Mar 2011
Council Decision 2011/168/CFSP of 21 March 2011 on the International Criminal Court and repealing Common Position 2003/444/CFSP
ICC Statements and Reports
NGO Letters, Papers, Reports, and Statements
Author Date and Title
17 Sept 2015
FIDH and CCL welcome Ukrainian extension of ICC jurisdiction
Human Rights and Democracy Network
24 June 2015
HRDN Statement –the Future of the ENP
22 Oct 2014
Driving Forward Justice: Victims of Serious International Crimes in the EU
Lotte Leicht, Human Rights Watch
09 Oct 2014
What the EU should be telling Palestinian leaders
14 July 2014
HRDN Call for new European Union Foreign Policy Chief
Human Rights Watch
31 Mar 2014
Memorandum on Human Rights Priorities for the European Union-Africa Summit
12 Sept 2013
Promoting Accountability through the Human Rights Bodies in Geneva - A Working Paper for Civil Society Organizations
NGO Media Statements
Author Date and Title
08 Sept 2015
Ukraine expands acceptance of ICC jursidiction
Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN)
30 July 2015
From words to action Time for EU leadership to walk the talk on Human Rights and Democracy
28 Oct 2014
Driving Forward Justice: Victims of Serious International Crimes in the EU
Human Rights Watch
17 Sept 2014
Europe: National Courts Extend Reach of Justice
03 July 2013
European Support Crucial for International Criminal Court
Amnesty International
04 Sept 2012
European countries urged to hold former Guatemalan officials to account
19 Apr 2012
European Parliament: Human Rights Report a strong stance for the promotion of human rights, democracy and rule of law