ASP Side Event “Preliminary Examinations: impact, policies and practices”

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Preliminary Examinations: impact, policies and practices

A side event to the 17th Session of the ICC Assembly of States Parties, co-hosted by Norway, Centre for International Law Research and Policy, Human Rights Watch and Leiden University.

The Hague, World Forum, Europe 1&2
Friday 07 December 2018, 08:30-09:45.

During 2018, the opening of three new preliminary examinations – Bangladesh/ Myanmar, Philippines and Venezuela – look set to test the contours of the OTP’s preliminary examination practice and capabilities. In parallel, efforts have been taken to critically analyse the broader ambit of preliminary examinations: Quality Control in Preliminary Examination considered the impact, policies and practices of previous and ongoing preliminary examinations, while Pressure Point: The ICC’s Impact on National Justice examined the impact of preliminary examinations on national justice efforts in four countries.

Using these recent developments as a springboard, this breakfast roundtable will examine pertinent challenges facing those who participate in the preliminary examination process, including the transition from documentation to criminal investigation, issues of consistency, duration and discretion in the application of policy and the impact of preliminary examinations on domestic proceedings.

Chair: Ambassador Martin Sørby (Norwegian Embassy to the Hague)

  • Elizabeth Evenson (Human Rights Watch)
  • Justice Richard J. Goldstone
  • Emilie Hunter (Case Matrix Network)
  • Jimena Reyes (Fédération Internationale des ligues des droits de l’Homme, FIDH)
  • Emeric Rogier (Situation Analysis Section, Office of the Prosecutor, ICC) (tbc)
  • Professor Carsten Stahn (Grotius Centre for International Studies, Leiden University)



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