The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law

Improving the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the ICC Proceedings

A discussion with Judge Chung, Judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC)

About the talk
Since 2015, the judges of the ICC have made unprecedented collective efforts to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal process by adopting best and harmonized practices and revising working methods. The judges believe that, even without any amendment to the Rome Statute or Rules of the ICC, the judges have such power and discretion to improve court processes in terms of streamlining procedural matters and promoting efficient practices. Furthermore, the judges also agreed to develop the Chambers’ Practice Manual in order to collect and record all of these best practices and to publish the Manual on the ICC website.

Another crucial aspect for efficiency is the electronic court system, which deals with the management of evidence and provides access to judicial records and material. As the ICC has different organs with different roles and independent mandates, the development of the eCourt system requires cooperation and coordination on a regular basis at all levels. Starting from the development of the Case Law Database by Chambers, the ICC is in the process of upgrading the eCourt system by effectively integrating all of the jurisprudence and practices of the Court into the eCourt system.

In the meantime, the judges stressed in many decisions the grave nature and consequences of sexual and gender-based crimes, in particular against children.

About the speaker
Judge Chung is a Judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC) since March 2015 serving in the Pre-Trial Division. Prior to his appointment to the ICC, he served as a United Nations International Judge in the Pre-Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for three and half years. At the ECCC, he was a member of both the Rules and Procedure Committee and the Judicial Administration Committee. Prior to this, Judge CHUNG served six years as a high court judge, eight years as a district court judge and three years as a military judge in the Republic of Korea from 1993.

From 2008 to 2009 he served as a Legal Advisor and Korean Delegate to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and Permanent Mission in Vienna, Austria. Judge CHUNG holds a B.A. in Law and an LL.M. in International Law from Seoul National University. He has also been a Research Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2001), as well as at the University of Hong Kong (2005).

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Sponsors: The Promise Institute for Human Rights; International and Comparative Law Program; International Human Rights Law Association