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Cooperation Agreements and Enforcement
Cooperation Agreements and Enforcement
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Mr. Philippe Kirsch, President of the International Criminal Court, signed the Relationship Agreement between the United Nations and the ICC on 4 October 2004, ensuring cooperation between the two international organizations. Credit: UN Photo.
Background
The lack of a central international authority makes international organizations rely on the cooperation they can receive from States, the United Nations, and other regional and international organizations. In the case of the ICC, an international criminal judicial body, this principle becomes the cornerstone of its efficient and effective operation. The ICC is not a supranational court; its jurisdiction is complementary to that of the States that have ratified its Statute. Furthermore, it has no police force and no prisons. Thus, implementing and making effective the obligation of States to cooperate with the Court’s activities is one of the most important challenges the ICC has to face in this initial period of its existence.

Law Enforcement
When the Court does act, it will rely at every step of its investigation and prosecution upon cooperation with national law enforcement authorities to help gather evidence and testimony, to investigate and document crime scenes, to arrest suspects, and to imprison those individuals who are convicted by the Court. The Court will also rely on national law enforcement bodies to respect without delay privileges and immunities of the Court and persons involved in its work.

For more information on this issue and the NGO Team on Cooperation Agreements and Enforcement, please contact Sunil Pal at [email protected].
NGO Letters, Papers, Reports, and Statements
Author Date and Title
CICC Advocacy Teams
12 Nov 2013
Comments and Recommendations of Coalition Teams to the Twelfth Session of The Assembly of States Parties
CICC Team on Cooperation
06 Nov 2013
Comments and Recommendations to the Twelfth Session of the ASP
HRW
24 Jan 2013
ICC Suspects Can Hide — and That Is the Problem
CICC Cooperation team
08 Nov 2012
Comments and recommendations to the 11th session of the ASP
CICC Cooperation Team
02 Dec 2011
Comments and Recommendations to the10th session of the ASP
CICC Cooperation Team
25 Nov 2010
Comments and Recommendations to the 9th session of the ASP
CICC Team on Cooperation
09 Nov 2009
Comments and Recommendations to the 8th Session of the ASP
NGO Media Statements