|The Rome Statute - What's Next?
Domestic and Foreign Approaches to the Implementation of International Criminal Law in National Law
|Greetings from the Foreign Ministry
The Foreign Ministry is pleased that the conference on the law of peoples entitled 'Rome Statute - What's Next? A Conference on Domestic and Foreign Approaches to the Implementation of International Criminal Law in National Law'will be held in Berlin on 21/22 October 2000 by the International Criminal Law Society (ICLS).
It has become increasingly apparent, both in the international public sphere and in Germany, that the Statute of the future International Criminal Court adopted on 17 July 1998 in Rome represent an extraordinarily significant progress in the effort to secure the rule of law in international relations. The Treaty of Rome provides that individuals who have violated duties to the international community as a whole may be held liable before an independent international judicial institution, in the event that individual states are either unwilling or unable to prosecute earnestly a particular serious crime.
Those states which, as does Germany, resolutely support the future International Criminal Court are now faced with the task of transforming the provisions and principles contained in the Rome Statute into their individual national legal systems. The conference in Berlin will make an important contribution, also from a comparative law perspective, to identifying approaches and routes by means of which the signatory states can fulfill this important task.
In addition, the conference offers younger jurists interested in the law of peoples and in international criminal law -- above all those from the Berlin area -- an excellent and welcome opportunity to become more closely acquainted through the lectures of international experts with the manifold questions posed for both national and international law by the project of the tribunal. The effort to establish the International Criminal Court is dependent upon broad support within civil society, and qualified younger jurists can play an important and responsible role in this respect.
As a visible sign of our support for the conference, the Foreign Ministry will hold a reception for conference participants on 21 October.
Head of International Law Department, Foreign Office Germany
|The Conference Program
Date: 21./22. October 2000
Place: Main Town Hall of Berlin "Rotes Rathaus", Jüdenstraße 1-9 (side entrance)