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Rome Conference
Rome Conference
On 3 July 2008 in The Hague, some 350 diplomats, officials from the ICC and tribunals, academics and members of civil society commemorated the tenth anniversary of the Rome Statute, which was adopted on 17 July 1998. Pictured from left to right are: Rama Yade, French Secretary of State; Philippe Kirsch, ICC president; Princess Máxima of the Netherlands; Rosalyn Higgins, president of the International Court of Justice; Maxime Verhagen, Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs. Credit: CICC
International Justice Day
On 17 July the world celebrates International Justice Day, to commemorate the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the International Criminal Court’s founding treaty. International Justice Day is a reminder of the urgency for all States committed to justice to ensure continued support for the Rome Statute’s international justice system. Members of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court are celebrating this day in solidarity with victims of crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes through a number of worldwide events.

Rome Conference - 1998
The United Nations Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court, known as the “Rome Conference,” took place from 15 June to 17 July 1998 in Rome, Italy. More than 160 governments participated in the conference, many with sizable delegations. At the end of the five weeks of intense and often emotional deliberations, 120 nations voted in favor of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Only 7 nations voted against the treaty (including the United States, Israel, China, Iraq, Qatar), while 21 countries abstained. The Statute was then open for signature and ratification.

The Coalition for the International Criminal Court actively participated in the Rome Conference – monitoring the negotiations, producing daily information for worldwide distribution and facilitating the participation and parallel activities of the more than 200 NGOs which attended. The CICC coordinated the input of civil society organizations through Issue Teams that closely followed discussions on particular provisions of the draft statute. Civil society is credited with some of the most important aspects of the Statute, such as its strong provisions for gender crimes and the independence of the prosecutor.
Core Texts
Author Date and Title
No disponible
18 July 1998
ACTA FINAL DE LA CONFERENCIA DIPLOMÁTICA DE PLENIPOTENCIARIOS DE LAS NACIONES UNIDAS SOBRE EL ESTABLECIMIENTO DE UNA CORTE PENAL INTERNACIONAL
17 July 1998
Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
ICC Statements and Reports
Author Date and Title
ICC
15 July 2011
ICC President’s Message - Day of International Criminal Justice
ICC
14 July 2011
17 July – International Criminal Justice Day: Join the Celebrations by disseminating Audio-visual materials
ICC
01 July 2011
ICC launches Facebook page in countdown to 17 July: International Criminal Justice Day
ICC
24 June 2011
Tunisia becomes the 116th State to join the ICC’s governing treaty, the Rome Statute
ICC Presidency
17 July 2010
Statement of the President on the Occasion of the Day of International Criminal Justice
ICC
16 July 2010
ICC celebrates the Day of International Criminal Justice 17 July
ICC
17 July 2009
Statement of the Presidency of the International Criminal Court on the Occasion of International Justice Day, 17 July 2009
Legislative Debates
Author Date and Title
US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
23 July 1998
Is a U.N. International Criminal Court in the U.S. national interest? Hearing before the Subcommittee on International Operations of the Committee on Foreign Relations of the United States Senate
NGO Letters, Papers, Reports, and Statements
Author Date and Title
American Bar Association
17 July 2014
International Criminal Justice Day - July 17, 2014
Avocats Sans Frontieres
17 July 2014
International crimes, national courts
Human Rights Agenda Association
17 July 2014
International Justice Day
Human Rights Agenda Association
17 July 2014
Türkiye, Orta Doğu’ya Bir Mesaj Verebilir…
NPWJ
17 July 2014
International Justice Day: NPWJ and NRPTT call for stronger commitment to the fight against impunity
American Bar Association
16 July 2014
International Criminal Justice Day - July 17, 2014
CICC
09 July 2014
International Justice Day 2014: List of Coalition statements and activities
NGO Media Statements
Author Date and Title
CICC
15 July 2011
International Justice Day: World Celebrates 13th Anniversary of New Global System to End Impunity
Parliamentarians for Global Action
18 July 2014
The European Parliament Adopts Resolution Calling on States to Ratify the Kampala Amendments
Parliamentarians for Global Action
18 July 2014
PGA Convened DRC, Ugandan and UK MPs for a Resolution to Fight Impunity for International Crimes
CICC
17 July 2014
International Justice Day Sees Progress, Challenges Ahead for ICC
Comisión Colombiana de Juristas
17 July 2014
17 de julio: Día de la Justicia Internacional
Huffington Post
17 July 2014
This #17July, Invest in International Criminal Justice Because #JusticeMatters
ICTJ
17 July 2014
On the Front Lines of Justice: The Struggle for Accountability in National Contexts
Quotes and Statements
Author Title Date
STL
18483|18484 17 July 2012
Dr. Hans-Peter Kaul, Second Vice-President International Criminal Court
10671|10672 17 July 2009
UN Reports, Resolutions, and Statements
Author Date and Title
United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
17 July 2011
Statement of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on International Criminal Justice Day