International Criminal Court (ICC)

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, and since 17 July 2018, the crime of aggression.

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.

122 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. The Office of the Prosecutor is also conducting preliminary examinations in nine countries to determine whether or not to open an investigation: Afghanistan, Bangladesh/Myanmar, Colombia, Guinea, Iraq, Nigeria, Palestine, the Philippines, Ukraine and Venezuela.


  • The rolling programme occurs between 11.00 am and 5.00 pm.
  • Doors open at 10.30 am and the last admission time is 4.30 pm.
  • Pre-registration is not required.
  • A valid proof of identity (ID card or passport) is required to enter the building.
  • Join a 45-minute interactive tour with Q&A: see the ICC’s courtroom and learn about the Court and its mandate, current investigations and other activities.
  • Meet representatives of the ICC Human Resources section to learn about employment and internship opportunities at the Court.
  • A children’s room welcomes our young visitors with a variety of activities.
  • Take photos throughout the visit and post on social media: #justicematters and #morejustworld.
  • Drinks and snacks available for purchase.
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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 for the best solution depending on your departure time.


Most organisations have strict security. Because of this, we have added a list of the DO’s and DON’Ts for you. As a visitor, you’ll be required to follow these. You will receive your security passes a week beforehand via e-mail. We ask you to please bring it with you. The security of the organisations can ask you to show your passes. Although the chance is there that registration will be enough and you will not be asked to show your pass. At all times you are required to bring a legal personal ID, like a passport of a ID-Card. Bus-, library, etc. cards are not valid identification. Security checks take time, so please keep this in mind when visiting. We ask for your patience for any eventual waiting times.


  • Bring a valid ID like a passport or ID card
  • Bring a your admission ticket (print or online version)
  • Keep in mind that security checks can take some time.
  • Listen and comply with security.


  • Do not bring large bags.
  • Do not bring prams unless absolutely necessary.
  • Do not bring electronic devices.
  • Photos and video recordings aren’t always permitted.