By Karen Corrie
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is the first international criminal tribunal to allow victims to participate actively and independently in proceedings. It seeks to balance the rights of the Defense and the need for efficient proceedings with meaningful victims’ participation. While loosely defined in the ICC’s foundational texts, the victims’ participation scheme has been shaped, tested, and refined through the ICC’s first cases. The ICC’s judges have remained mindful of the balance victims’ participation must strike, but the ICC still struggles to process the thousands of applications victims submit seeking to participate. To fulfill its mandate, the ICC is testing new methods of processing applications to participate and new procedures for their participation in the proceedings.
This paper outlines how victims’ participation works at the ICC and provides information and advocacy points on issues relevant to it:
Victims' Participation at the ICC: Purpose, Early Developments and Lessons, by Karen Corrie (March 25, 2013)
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