The International Criminal Court (ICC) investigates and, where warranted, tries individuals charged with the gravest crimes of concern to the international community committed after 1 July 2002: genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The Court is participating in a global fight to end impunity, and through international criminal justice, the Court aims to hold those responsible accountable for their crimes and to help prevent these crimes from happening again.
The Court cannot reach these goals alone. As a court of last resort, it seeks to complement, not replace, national Courts. Governed by an international treaty called the Rome Statute, the ICC is the world’s first permanent international criminal court.
124 countries are members of the Court, a reflection of its highly relevant role. The ICC is an independent organisation which does not form part of the United Nations.
The Office of the Prosecutor is currently investigating ten situations, five investigations at the request of the countries themselves – Congo, Uganda, two investigations related to the Central African Republic, and Mali. Two investigations have been referred to the ICC by the UN Security Council: Darfur (Sudan) and Libya. In three situations, the Office of the Prosecutor started an investigation on its own initiative, with the judges’ approval. The countries concerned are Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire and Georgia. The Office of the Prosecutor is also conducting preliminary examinations in ten countries to determine whether or not to open an investigation: Afghanistan, Burundi, Colombia, Gabon, Guinea, Iraq/UK, Nigeria, Palestine, Registered Vessels of Comoros, Greece and Cambodia, and Ukraine.
During an interactive tour, you can see inside the ICC’s courtroom and learn about the Court and its mandate, current investigations and other activities. We hope you will be inspired to get involved as we work together to build a more just world.
We will also allow for persons that do not wish to be part of a group to walk around freely, thus allowing for more persons to actually visit the ICC.
International Criminal Court
Oude Waalsdorperweg 10
2597 AK The Hague