The International Criminal Court Conference

The Midwest Regional Conference on International Justice: The International Criminal Court 10 Years after the Rome Conference

On Friday, April 25, 2008, IHRLI hosted the Midwest Regional Conference on International Justice: The International Criminal Court 10 Years After The Rome Conference. This landmark event took place at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago and was made possible by generous support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The conference was designed to reflect on the achievements of the Court as well as the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

An extraordinary group of speakers gathered in Chicago to discuss these issues, including the President of the ICC, the Prosecutor, the Legal Adviser to the Secretary of State, eminent law professors, and high-level subject matter experts on Sudan, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For more information on the speakers, and a full list of cosponsors, please see those links. Over 350 guests attended the conference throughout the day. Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni, President of IHRLI, delivered a keynote address reflecting on his experiences in international justice to 300 guests at the conference luncheon.

IHRLI also hosted an interactive pre-conference student event on Thursday evening to familiarize students with the work of the ICC. Presenters included Sita Balthazar, from Amnesty International USA, John Washburn, Convener of the American NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court, Institute for War and Peace Reporting panelists Betty Bigombe, Janet Anderson, and Peter Eichstaedt, and former IHRLI Fellow Attila Bogdan. The NGO Global Kids streamed video from this event into Second Life at the International Justice Center as well as on the web at: Participants and virtual participants were able to ask the speakers questions during the event.

IHRLI thanks all the speakers and cosponsors for their support of this important event, as well as everyone who attended.

International Human Rights Law Institute