Friday, October 31, 2008
The Presidents of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) addressed the U.N. General Assembly this week.
Judge Philippe Kirsch, President of the ICC, said that the criminal court was at a “critical” juncture, with its success hinging on such factors as guaranteeing its judicial independence and universal ratification. To date, 108 nations are parties to the Rome Statute that established the court. The court is an independent court established by that treaty, and is not an organ of the United Nations. Four situations have been brought before the court, but no trials have yet commenced.
Judge Rosalyn Higgins, President of the ICJ, told the U.N. General Assmebly that the past year had been “the most productive” in the Court’s over 60-year history. She said that the ICJ has managed a full caseload and was also in “a position to respond swiftly to unanticipated requests for the indication of provisional measures.”