PILPG Update: Delegation Participating in the ICC Review Conference in Kampala, Uganda

June 4, 2010

A delegation representing PILPG is participating in the International Criminal Court (ICC) Review Conference in Kampala, Uganda from May 31-June 10.  The PILPG Delegation is led by PILPG Managing Director, Professor Michael Scharf, and includes PILPG’s Uganda Office Chief of Party Gabriel Oosthuizen, Co-Director of the PILPG Netherlands Office Marieke de Hoon, and PILPG Netherlands Board Member Elies van Sliedregt.  Two PILPG Senior Research Associates, Eleanor Thompson and Meghan Chapman, are providing support to the PILPG delegation.  PILPG established an office in Uganda in 2008 and provides assistance to the Government of Uganda on transitional justice issues.

An important amendment to the ICC Statute being debated at the Review Conference is the addition of the crime of Aggression to the jurisdiction of the Court.  In an effort to facilitate a widely acceptable proposal for the definition and trigger mechanism for the crime of Aggression, Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, President of the ICC Assembly of State Parties, PILPG, and the Cox Center co-hosted a symposium and experts meeting on “the ICC and the Crime of Aggression” at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.  Articles and the report generated from the meeting were published in a double volume issue of the Case Western Journal of International Law, which was provided to the delegations participating in the ICC Review Conference.  The documents are also available at: http://www.case.edu/orgs/jil/aggression.html.  The Review Conference will make a final decision on the issue on June 10.