This Forum, at
ICCforum.com, is an innovative online legal journal cooperatively undertaken by the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law and the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC OTP). The Forum, launched in 2010, allows members of the legal community, governments, academics, and others to debate complex issues of international criminal law faced by the Office of the Prosecutor in the course of its work at the ICC.
The Forum was named one of the world’s Top Three Justice Innovations in 2012 by the Hague Institute for the Internationalization of Law (HiiL) and named a Gold Medal Laureate winner for World Good by Computerworld Magazine in 2013.
UCLA Law students and faculty work with the International Criminal Court Office of the Prosecutor, legal scholars and practitioners from around the world, as well as technology experts, to run the Forum. Students make a semester-long commitment to the project, researching and analyzing pressing issues that bear on the legal and institutional development of the International Criminal Court and that demand the attention of the prosecutor, Fatou B. Bensouda.
Professor Richard H. Steinberg is Editor-in-Chief of the Forum, which was launched on September 1, 2010 during the tenure of the first Prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo.
first major question
Does the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court have the authority to open an investigation into alleged crimes committed in the 2008-2009 Gaza conflict?
second major question
What are the obligations of Contracting Parties to the Genocide Convention to implement arrest warrants for genocide issued by the International Criminal Court, and of African Union State Parties to implement ICC arrest warrants generally?
third major question
What is the proper balance between the independence of the International Criminal Court and the oversight role of the Assembly of States Parties regarding the Court’s administration under
Article 112 of the Rome Statute?
fourth major question
What measures should be taken to maximize the crime prevention impact of the International Criminal Court?
fifth major question
What International Criminal Court reparations regime would be most appropriate for addressing mass atrocities and war crimes?
sixth major question
Can the International Criminal Court sustain a conviction for the underlying crime of mass rape without testimony from victims?
seventh major question
Is the International Criminal Court targeting Africa inappropriately?
eighth major question
What more can be done to secure the arrest and surrender of persons subject to arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court?
ninth major question
How can the International Criminal Court and its stakeholders more fully address challenges to outreach and public information, better utilize technology and other methods to enhance understanding of the Court’s mandate and activities, and promote support for its work?
tenth major question
How can the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court secure better cooperation from those individuals and organisations on the ground responding to Sexual and Gender-based Violence, in order to facilitate its independent investigations and gain access to reliable evidence necessary to effectively investigate and prosecute such crimes?
eleventh major question
In recent weeks, the governments of the Republic of Burundi, the Republic of South Africa, and the Islamic Republic of the Gambia have announced their intention to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. How will this affect the emerging system of international criminal justice in the short and long term? What steps might be taken to strengthen that project?
twelfth major question
The International Criminal Court has established four key goals regarding, broadly, its proceedings, leadership, witness security, and victim access. What are the appropriate ways to measure the ICC’s progress towards those stated goals? How can the performance of the ICC as a whole be properly assessed?
thirteenth major question
What should be the policy and approach of the Office of the Prosecutor in conducting investigations and prosecutions with regard to the crime of aggression?
fourteenth major question
In the Rome Statute’s third decade, what key reforms could make the international criminal justice project stronger, more efficient, and more effective?
The fifteenth major question
What does the
Appeal Judgment say about superior responsibility under
sixteenth major question
What might be some elements of an ICC completion strategy for situations under investigation?
In January 2014 Richard Steinberg, Editor-in-Chief of the
conducted an ‘Exit Interview’ with the first Prosecutor of the ICC, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, during which the former Prosecutor engaged in a candid discussion of his tenure at the ICC. That interview is available
The ICC Forum also hosts an online debate, online course, and video lecture series, the products of collaboration between
UCLA School of Law;
Stanford Program on Human Rights;
Stanford Global Studies.
Videos of talks by
M. Cherif Bassiouni,
Ambassador David Scheffer,
and Shamila Batohi lead off debates on a number of important topics including
Politics and the ICC,
the Security Council,
A book on the first eight of the ICC Forum debates,
“Contemporary Issues Facing the International Criminal Court,”
edited by Richard H. Steinberg, with a foreward by Fatou B. Bensouda, was published by Brill Nijhoff in 2016, and is available