Our mission is to support research, education, and organization concerning the need for, organization and operations of, and the participation of the United States in, the International Criminal Court.
In July of 1998, the Rome Statute set into motion the establishment of a permanent International Criminal Court for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. Four years later, in July of 2002, the Rome Statute went into effect after being ratified by 60 countries. As of July, 2012, 121 nations joined the treaty.
The world has recorded too many instances of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, when there was no response from the international community. The Nuremberg and Tokyo Tribunals set precedent for these international crimes and the ad hoc Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda continued to prosecute these crimes. Despite successes in the temporary tribunals, international crimes continue to be committed.
International cooperation is required to prosecute these international criminals. The International Criminal Court will establish a consistent system to bring those accused of the most serious of international crimes to justice, and will provide a forum for victims in those situations where there is no other effective court to protect them.
Active American participation in the functioning of the court will add substantially to making it an effective protector of human rights. High procedural standards protect the rights of accused criminals, while providing for prosecutions when there would otherwise be none. The treaty promotes national prosecutions for these crimes, and will act only when no national courts are genuinely willing or able to prosecute or investigate those accused of these crimes.
We believe the International Criminal Court will promote a just and equitable international legal system that will address the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, when there are no other courts willing or able to prosecute.
The International Criminal Court Alliance will provide information regarding the need for the United States to participate with the International Criminal Court and explore how such a court will and should operate. We will report and publicize the proceedings of the court and related developments. We can assist in finding speakers for small or large groups and in organizing forums and seminars.
We invite your participation in our efforts to promote Peace through International Law.
International Criminal Court Alliance
Sean Butler & Shirin Ershadi, Co-Chairs
Jim Stanbery, Secretary; Jules Boyele, Treasurer
Members of the Steering Committee
Eric Garcetti, Advisory Member
Daniel Magel, our former president between 2001 and 2003, passed away September 9, 2003. He and his endless efforts for human rights and the ICC will be sorely missed.