On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute – the ground-breaking treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), the ICC and the Coalition for the ICC will organize forums and commemorations in February 2018 and throughout the year in The Hague, The Netherlands.

The 20th anniversary will be a time for renewal of the understanding and commitment to making the Rome Statute, the ICC, and the unprecedented system of international criminal justice created by the treaty, the hope for peace and the rule of law for this century that we all affirmed so few years ago and which is needed now more than ever in our current world.




The creation of the Rome Statute in 1998 was in itself a historic event, marking a milestone in humankind's efforts towards a more just world.

The Rome Statute then took effect in 2002, upon ratification by 60 States. In addition to founding the Court and defining the crimes of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and – as of 2010 amendments and a vote in 2017 – the crime of aggression, the Rome Statute also sets new standards for victims' representation in the Courtroom, and ensures fair trials and the rights of the defence. The Court seeks global cooperation to protect all people from the crimes codified in the Rome Statute.

Today the treaty serves as the ICC's guiding legal instrument, which is elaborated in such other legal texts as the Elements of Crimes, Rules of Procedure and Evidence and more. See all ICC core legal texts.

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