Coalition for the International Criminal Court
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Founded in 1949, the Council of Europe is the largest regional intergovernmental organization set up with the aim to defend human rights, parliamentary democracy and the rule of law and acting as a political anchor and human rights watchdog for Europe at large.

The European Commission for Democracy through Law (so-called Venice Commission) of the Council of Europe has played a leading role in supporting its member states to overcome the constitutional obstacles raised by the ratification of the Rome Statute, thus promoting a rapid accession of many of its States Parties to the ICC.

Three consultations on the implications of Rome Statute ratification for Council of Europe Member States have taken place since 2000, with a view to facilitate an exchange of views and information among the member states of the Council of Europe on issues such as implementation and cooperation with the ICC, including efforts undertaken in this perspective at the national level and in the framework of international organizations participating as observers.

Also, the Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI, gathering legal advisers of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the forty-nine member states of the Council of Europe) meet twice a year to exchange and possibly coordinate their views regarding major issues of public international law, including the ICC. Since the Court's establishment, ICC high-level officials (ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo and ICC President Philippe Kirsch) have been invited to address the CADHI audience.

The CICC Europe Office also works with the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, which adopted several strong resolutions on the ICC, and which encouraged the Committee of Ministers to react by adopting a number of declarations on the ICC.
Government and Inter-governmental Documents
Author Date and Title
Council of Europe
27 Jan 2009
Resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, adopted on 27th of January 2009
Council of Europe
14 Sept 2006
Council of European Parliamentary Assembly
27 Aug 2003
Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly welcomes UN Resolution on aid workers and calls for worldwide support of the ICC
Council of Europe
25 June 2003
Provisional edition of Resolution 1336 (2003) "Threats to the International Criminal Court," adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Strasbourg, France)
16 Dec 2002
Notes from the plenary of the General Assembly on the cooperation between the UN and the Council of Europe
Council of Europe
25 Sept 2002
Resolution 1300 (2002): Risks for the integrity of the Statute of the International Criminal Court (Strasbourg, France)
Council of Europe
25 Sept 2002
Recommendation 1581 (2002): Risks for the integrity of the Statute of the International Criminal Court (Strasbourg, France)