The International Criminal Court: Contemporary Challenges and Reform Proposals

The International Criminal Court: Contemporary Challenges and Reform Proposals is a collection of essays by prominent international criminal law commentators, responsive to questions of interest to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

Topics include:
- Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Obtaining Evidence
- Outreach: Challenges Communicating with Victims, Witnesses, and Others
- ICC State Party Withdrawals
- Measuring the ICC’s Performance
- The Crime of Aggression: Scope and Anticipated Difficulties
- The Rome Statute at Twenty: Reform Proposals

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Richard H. Steinberg, J.D., Ph.D. (1992), Stanford University, is Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California (Los Angeles), and founding Editor-in-Chief of www.ICCforum.com, a collaboration with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

Fatou B. Bensouda is Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.
  Acknowledgements

  Foreword
    Fatou B. Bensouda

  Preface
    Richard H. Steinberg

  Notes on Contributors
  List of Abbreviations


Part 1: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Cooperation in Obtaining Evidence



  Introduction to Part 1: The Challenge of Obtaining Evidence in SGBV Cases
    Richard H. Steinberg

 1 New Institutions to Support First Responders
    Alex Whiting

 2 Securing Cooperation by Redefining It
    Christian De Vos and Betsy Apple

 3 Improving NGO and IGO Capacity to Gather Evidence
    Susana SaCouto

 4 Securing Improved Cooperation
    Kim Thuy Seelinger


Part 2: Outreach: Challenges Communicating with Victims, Witnesses, and Other Stakeholders



  Introduction to Part 2: The Outreach Challenge
    Richard H. Steinberg

 5 States Must Support the ICC’s Use of Technology for Outreach
    Alison Cole

 6 Formal and Informal Human Rights Communication and Teaching
    Francisco O. Ramirez

 7 Localizing Outreach
    Patrick Vinck and Phuong N. Pham

 8 Practical Strategies
    Christopher and Olga Werby


Part 3:The ICC Withdrawal Issue



  Introduction to Part 3: The Issue of State Party Withdrawal
    Richard H. Steinberg

 9 Concerning the ICC Withdrawal Problem
    M. Cherif Bassiouni

 10 African Withdrawals and Structural Inequities
    Kamari Maxine Clarke

 11 A Court Worth Having: Defending the Integrity of the Rome Statute
    Richard Dicker

 12 Three Realities about the Africa Situation at the ICC
    David Scheffer


Part 4: Measuring Success: The Performance Issue



  Introduction to Part 4: The Performance Issue and Metrics of Success
    Richard H. Steinberg

 13 Methodologies and Design of Performance Indicators
    Geoff Dancy

 14 Empirical Analysis of the Tradeoff Between Conflict Termination and Atrocity Deterrence
    Daniel Krcmaric

 15 Assessing Performance in Context
    Gabrielle Louise McIntyre

 16 The Limited Utility of the ICC’s Performance Indicators
    Yuval Shany

 17 Performance Indicators: A Double-Edged Sword
    Carsten Stahn


Part 5: The Crime of Aggression Issue



  Introduction to Part 5: The Crime of Aggression Issue
    Richard H. Steinberg

 18 Understanding the Aggression Amendments
    Dapo Akande

 19 Difficulties Not to be Underestimated
    Benoit D’Aboville

 20 Three Difficult Problems
    Yoram Dinstein

 21 The Crime of Aggression: Definition, Jurisdiction, and Scope of Application
    Donald M. Ferencz

 22 Not Undermining the Use of Force Legal Framework
    Tom Ruys

 23 The Crime of Aggression and the Responsibility to Protect
    Sarah Sewall


Part 6: The Rome Statute 20th Anniversary Issue: Imagining The ICC’s Future



  Introduction to Part 6: Reform Proposals
    Richard H. Steinberg

 24 Reforms to Reduce Costs and Increase Efficiency
    William Schabas

 25 Building Support Through Enhanced Cooperation, Outreach, and Knowledge-Sharing
    Adama Dieng

 26 Returning to Customary Law
    Fausto Pocar

 27 Reforms to Enhance State Cooperation and Address Witness Interference
    Goran Sluiter

 28 Improving Investigative, Arrest, and Prosecution Strategies
    Richard Dicker

 29 Meeting Challenges: Politics, Trial Processes, and Early Judicial Work
    Leila Sadat

 30 Focusing on Core Messages and Human Rights
    Carla Ferstman

 31 Peace Negotiations as “Interests of Justice”
    Dapo Akande and Talita de Souza Dias

 32 Reflections on the ICC’s Relationship with the United Nations and Regional Courts
    Bing Bing Jia

 33 Improving Communication with Non-states Parties
    David Scheffer

  Index
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