The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (“ICC”), of which Australia is a party to, provides victims of serious international crimes with broad rights to participation in proceedings before, during and after a trial. These rights include the right to communicate with the Court before an investigation is initiated by the Office of the Prosecutor, to make submissions on the parameters of the investigation and standing to participate through a legal representative during trials. Victim participation has become an increasingly accepted component of tribunals for serious international crimes and human rights violations and has the ability to influence the outcome of proceedings.
This webinar will explore the framework through which victims are afforded participatory rights in international tribunals and how they are utilised by often extremely marginalised and vulnerable individuals. The speakers, drawing on their own expertise working at international tribunals, will address the challenges of bridging the gap between complex and lengthy criminal proceedings and meaningfully including victims in these proceedings.