The International Criminal Court Project

The International Criminal Court Project (a joint project of the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights and Criminal Justice Section) was created to support the International Criminal Court and strengthen US-ICC relations through advocacy, education, and practical legal assistance.

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Evolution of International Criminal Justice

Of one thing we may be sure. The future will never have to ask, with misgiving, what could the Nazis have said in their favor. History will know that whatever could be said, they were allowed to say. They have been given the kind of a Trial which they, in the days of their pomp and power, never gave to any man…
— Justice Jackson, from his closing statement at Nuremberg

International Criminal Justice Today

International Criminal Justice Today

April 5, 2021

ABA President Refo Welcomes Removal of US Sanctions on ICC Personnel

On April 2, 2021, President Biden revoked Executive Order 13928 (issued June 2020), which had created a legal regime for travel and financial sanctions to be imposed against ICC personnel, their family members, and civil and criminal penalties against those who support or assist sanctioned individuals. The previous administration...

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September 17, 2020

Statement of ABA President Patricia Lee Refo Re: U.S. Sanctions on International Criminal Court Staff

On September 2, 2020, the ICC Prosecutor and a senior staff member were designated by the US Office of Foreign Asset Control  as “specially designated nationals.” In response, ABA President Patricia Lee Refo issued a statement again condemning the use of punitive economic and travel sanctions against ICC personnel, urging...

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August 3, 2020

ABA Adopts Policy Condemning Threats Against the ICC and Its Officers

At the 2020 American Bar Association (ABA) Annual Meeting, held virtually, the ABA House of Delegates adopted policy “urg[ing] all national governments to observe, respect, and protect the independence of the International Criminal Court;” and “condemn[ing] threats by governments to the International Criminal Court and its officers and personnel in...

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July 30, 2020

ICC Project Board Members Comment on US Sanctions on the International Criminal Court

Note: Analysis and commentary collected below represents the views of the authors in their personal capacities. They have not been approved by the House of Delegates or the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association and, accordingly, should not be construed as representing the position of the Association or...

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