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Part VI Impact, ‘Legacy’, and Lessons Learned, 50 A Look towards the Future—The ICC and ‘Lessons Learnt’

Philipp Ambach

From: The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court

Edited By: Carsten Stahn

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 April 2024

International crimes — Universal international organizations — Regional organizations — NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) — International criminal law, conduct of proceedings

This Chapter focuses on some of the Court’s major future challenges, and initiatives to improve the efficient management of criminal proceedings. It discusses challenges and strategies in relation to five main issues: (i) global membership; (ii) cooperation; (iii) complementarity; (iv) judicial integrity; and (v) efficiency of proceedings, before addressing specific features of the Lessons Learnt initiative, which was established in 2011 to assess the functioning of the ICC’s procedural framework and look into possible improvements. The Chapter analyses the practice of the ASP, including amendments of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence regarding the accused’s presence at trial. It argues that the ICC has come a long way in the past decade. It concludes with some practical suggestions to improve the relationship to non-States Parties, enhance cooperation and technical assistance, and strengthen the efficiency of the ICC.

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