07 DIC 2001

NPWJ: Prague Conference

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International Justice: 15 countries meet in Prague to create the International Criminal CourtPrague, december 7th 2001 - First day of the Conference on Ratification and Domestic Implementation of the Statue of the International Criminal Court An Intergovernmental Regional Conference on the International Criminal Court organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and by the radical organisation "No Peace Without Justice", under the auspices of the Belgian Presidency of the European Union, gathered representatives of fifteen countries of Central and Eastern Europe in Prague on 7 and 8 December 2001.

The Conference was opened by Emma Bonino, "roaming ambassador" of the International Criminal Court, in the course of an inaugural ceremony on Friday 7, together with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Pavel Vosalik, the French senator and former Minister of Justice Robert Badinter, the Belgian Ambassador Bernard Pierre and the president of "No Peace Without Justice" Sergio Stanzani.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) will have jurisdiction over war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

Its Statute, adopted in Rome in 1998 at the end of a Diplomatic Conference, has been already signed by 139 countries but it requires sixty ratifications by national parliaments to enter into force.

To date the United Nations Secretariat has received 47 such ratifications.

The Intergovernmental Conference in Prague, mirroring the 22 "Regional Conferences organised by No Peace Without Justice", aimed to hasten the ratification process in a specific region of the word.

In Prague, the main target was the EU candidate countries, so that they may be part of the first 60 countries that will create the International Criminal Court.

The Conference also discussed the specific steps that need to be undertaken to ensure the prompt and effective entry into force of the Statute, including the adoption of national implementing legislation that will allow national authorities to cooperate with the Court.

In this respect, Emma Bonino declared: "We are conducting a race against time.

Our challenge is to ensure that the Statute of the Court enters into force before 17 July 2002, the proposed date for the "World Day of International Criminal Justice".

On 17 July 2002, in fact, the world will celebrate the fourth anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and also the forthcoming Spanish Presidency of the European Union (January - June 2002) is committed to the "campaign for sixty ratifications".

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  • Sergio Stanzani, President of NPWJ (Italian)

    <br>Index of proceedings
    0:00 Durata: 3 min 24 sec
  • Juan Antonio Yanez-Barnuevo, continuation

    0:00 Durata: 6 min 15 sec
  • Pavel Vosalik, minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech republic

    0:03 Durata: 9 min 52 sec
  • Niccolò Figà Talamanca

    0:06 Durata: 3 min 34 sec
  • «Open issues»,Zsolt Hetsey's Relation, Legal Advisor of the Permanent Mission of Hungary at UN

    0:10 Durata: 25 min 51 sec
  • Emma Bonino, former European Commissioner

    0:13 Durata: 17 min 8 sec
  • Bernard Pierre, Belgian ambassador in the Czech republic

    0:30 Durata: 8 min 39 sec
  • «The fonudation of the court: practical steps», Hendrikus G.J. Verweij's Relation, ICC Task Force, ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands

    0:36 Durata: 17 min 24 sec
  • Niccolò Figà Talamanca, NPWJ, reads Chris Patten's message, European Commissioner for External Relations

    0:39 Durata: 3 min 29 sec
  • Robert Badinter, former minister of Justice, France

    0:42 Durata: 25 min 5 sec
  • Ian Diaconu, secretary general, ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rumania

    0:53 Durata: 6 min 26 sec
  • Georg Witchel

    1:00 Durata: 4 min 14 sec
  • Juan Antonio Yanez-Barnuevo

    1:04 Durata: 5 min 39 sec
  • Sergio Augusto Stanzani Ghedini, concusions

    1:07 Durata: 1 min 29 sec
  • Mauro Politi

    1:10 Durata: 2 min 52 sec
  • Jaroslav Horac, ministry of Foreign countries of the Czech republic, introduces and moderates

    <br><strong>First session. Introduction to the Rome Statute of the ICC</strong>
    1:12 Durata: 3 min 38 sec
  • Pavel Sturma, Faculty of jurisprudence of Prague, Czech republic

    1:12 Durata: 6 min 29 sec
  • «From the Rome Conference to the operation of the Court», Marco Politi's Relation, Professor of International Law, University of Trento

    1:15 Durata: 32 min 40 sec
  • Niccolò Figà Talamanca

    1:19 Durata: 3 min 40 sec
  • «Developments of the preparatory Commission», Philippe Kirsch's Relation, Chairman of the preparatory Commission of the ICC, Canada

    1:48 Durata: 23 min 39 sec
  • «Crimes of jurisdiction of the court», Georg Witchel's Relation, ministry of Foreign Affairs, Germany

    2:12 Durata: 29 min 40 sec
  • «The court giurisditional regime and the principle of complementariety», Juan Antonio Yanez-Barnuevo's Relation, Ambassador, delegation of Spain at the ICC Preparatory Commission

    2:41 Durata: 20 min 3 sec