June 21, 2019

ICC judges hold retreat

ICC judges hold retreat focusing on collegiality and various aspects of judicial proceedings

On 27-28 September 2018, the judges of the International Criminal Court  held a judicial retreat at the seat of the Court in The Hague. The retreat provided an opportunity for private exchanges among judges on topics related to the conduct of judicial proceedings and the overall functioning of the judiciary.

Topics discussed included judicial collegiality and ethics, the reparations phase of proceedings, the modalities of victim participation in proceedings and current legal developments.

During the retreat, the ICC President, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, emphasised the importance of cultivating a collegial judicial culture: “The judiciary of the ICC and the Court more broadly stand to benefit tremendously from a commitment to an open, respectful, dignified and inclusive approach to institutional decision-making by the judges.

That is to say, it is highly desirable to cultivate a cohesive and constructive environment marked by the highest degree of dignity and respect for one another,  encouraging judges to share their diverse expertise, experience and professional backgrounds to the benefit of the Court”. 

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