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.
123 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 eleven 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 four 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, Georgia and Burundi. In the situation in Afghanistan, the Prosecutor has requested authorization to investigate and the judges are examining the request. The Office of the Prosecutor is also conducting preliminary examinations in nine countries to determine whether or not to open an investigation: Colombia, Gabon, Guinea, Iraq/UK, Nigeria, Palestine, Philippines, Ukraine and Venezuela.
On Sunday, 23 September, the International Criminal Court (ICC) will open its doors to the public from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm (first presentation starts at 11:00 am and the last admission time is 4:30 pm). In order to enter the building you will be requested to present a valid proof of identity (ID card or passport).
Interactive tours will be starting on a rolling basis during the day. The duration of each tour is approximately 45 minutes. During the tour the visitors will be able to see the ICC Courtroom and learn about the Court and its mandate, current investigations and other activities.
The visitors are welcome to join one of the tours or explore the public area of the Court on their own, including the Visitors’ Centre and the photo exhibition “Trauma, Healing and Hope”. This exhibit features photographs by award-winning photographer Marcus Bleasdale, who has spent the past 20 years working with National Geographic, Human Rights Watch and others, documenting human rights abuses in many countries where the ICC investigates.
Representatives of the ICC Human Resources section will be present to provide information about employment and internship opportunities at the Court.
A children’s room will welcome our young visitors and offer a variety of activities.
Drinks and snacks available for purchase.
International Criminal Court
Oude Waalsdorperweg 10
2597 AK The Hague
The address of the Court is Oude Waalsdorperweg 10, The Hague. The entrance to the visitors’ car and bicycle parking is located on Van Alkemadelaan. The parking is located at about 5 minutes walking distance from the main entrance. Visitors with disabilities can be dropped off in front of the main entrance. Please note that no vehicles can stay parked at the drop off area; drivers are always requested to proceed the visitors’ parking.
- You can also reach us by public transportation with bus 22 from The Hague Central Station (direction Duinzigt) which stops at Waalsdorperweg – the bus ride takes approximately 20 minutes.
- From The Hague Laan van NOI Station, bus 23 (direction Scheveningen Noorderstrand) stops at Bronovo Ziekenhuis – it’s a 15 minutes bus ride.
- Different options are available to travel from Museon/ Statenkwartier to the ICC, please consult 9292.nl for the best solution depending on your departure time.