TEPSA has coordinated a study requested by DROI Subcommittee of the European Parliament. The study was authored by Olympia Bekou, a Professor of Public International Law and Head of School in the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Nottingham. The study is entitled “The Role of the ICC Since its Foundation and Possible Scenarios for the Future: Political Support and Cooperation by States”.
The European Union (EU) and its Member States have consistently supported the International Criminal Court (ICC), collectively providing political, diplomatic, technical and financial assistance. The EU has shown leadership in the face of challenges such as non-cooperation, and has provided staunch political support to the Court. In an increasingly hostile environment, including political attacks on the Court’s existence, the EU has a critical role in combatting contemporary and future challenges. Taking a forward-looking approach and accounting for the outcomes of the Court’s recent Independent Expert Review process, this briefing considers how the EU’s role could be developed in relation to political support for and cooperation with the ICC. It offers recommendations to guide related future EU policy, which include enhancing the capacity of vital bodies, such as the Focal Point on the ICC, as well as engaging with States to complete cooperation agreements.