Conference: The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court at 20 - Looking Back and Looking Forward

Date: 

Friday, October 26, 2018, 11:30am to 4:30pm

Location: 

Malkin Penthouse, Harvard Kennedy School, Littauer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA

iccThe Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court at 20: Looking Back and Looking Forward


A conference hosted by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Harvard Kennedy School

The adoption of the Rome Statute 20 years ago was a historic achievement in the global quest for justice and peace. Join an eminent cross-section of scholars, international leaders, and current and former ICC officials to discuss progress and roadblocks over the past two decades, as well as the future role of the ICC in ending impunity for genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes of aggression.

Space is limited, advance registration required. 

Agenda:

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

11:30 – 11:45 am

Kathryn Sikkink, Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University will welcome participants and speakers and provide an overall framing of the conference.

The International Criminal Court at 20: Diverse Perspectives

11:45 am – 12:45 pm

A panel discussion that examines the founding of the ICC, some of its accomplishments, critiques, and roadblocks encountered, as well as its future role, both as a Court and as an international organization, in pursuing justice around the world.

Speakers:

  • Luis Moreno Ocampo, Founding Prosecutor, ICC and Senior Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Karen Mosoti, Head of the New York Liaison Office of the ICC and currently a mid-career student, HKS
  • Beth Simmons, Andrea Mitchell University Professor of Law, Political Science and Business Ethics, University of Pennsylvania and Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
  • Kathryn Sikkink (Moderator)

Lunch

12:45 – 1:15 pm

A Conversation with Judge Kimberly Prost

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Kimberly Prost is a Canadian Judge on the International Criminal Court and previously served as Chef du Cabinet to the President of the ICC. Alex Whiting, currently HLS Professor of Practice and formerly a Prosecutions Coordinator at the ICC, will interview Judge Prost and then moderate a Q&A with the audience.

Speakers:

  • Judge Kimberly Prost, Canadian judge on the ICC
  • Alex Whiting, Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School (moderator)

2:30- 2:45 Break

The OAS, the ICC, and the case of Venezuela

2:45 – 4:00 pm

In May 2018, an independent expert panel designated by Luis Almagro, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, following a design formulated by Luis Moreno Ocampo, found reasonable grounds for crimes against humanity committed in Venezuela. On 27 September 2018, six members of the OAS (Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Paraguay and Peru) referred the situation of Venezuela to the ICC, requesting the Prosecutor to initiate an investigation on crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the territory of Venezuela since 12 February 2014. On 28 September, the President of the ICC assigned the situation in Venezuela to Pre-Trial Chamber I. Hear from Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OAS, on the work of the expert panel, and his work to support the referral.

Speakers:

  • Luis Almagro, Secretary General, Organization of American States
  • Rodrigo Diamanti, founder, Un Mundo Sin Mordaza, and former Carr Center student fellow (introducer)

Looking Forward

4 pm – 5 pm

This panel of experts with diverse perspectives on ICC looks forward to the next 20 years.  Panelists will address the key takeaways, future trajectory and priorities of the ICC in the future.  

Speakers:

  • Martha Minow, 300th Anniversary University Professor, Harvard Law School
  • Luis Moreno Ocampo, Founding Prosecutor, ICC and Senior Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Alpha Sesay, Fellow, Human Rights Program, HLS, and Advocacy Officer with the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI).
  • Sushma Raman, Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School (moderator)