Today, 17th July 2020, marks International Justice Day. This day is commemorated in recognition of the adoption of the Rome Statute in 1998, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC). It therefore celebrates the emergence of international justice systems.
Given that the ICC was created to investigate and, where warranted, try individuals charged with the gravest crimes of concern to the international community, the focus is equally on victim’s rights.
This day brings a greater awareness of the stance the Court takes against those who, in the past, would not be held accountable in the instances of committing widespread, systematic international crimes. Through calling upon all nations to join the fight against impunity, the perpetrators of crimes face more chance of punishment and steps towards a more accountable and open society can be taken.
International justice Day serves as a reminder of the urgency for all states committed to justice around the world to ensure continued support for the international justice system. It demonstrates the crucial role of civil society members in ensuring that ICC member states abide by their obligations.
Through the increasing global relevance of the rule of law in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, efforts towards strengthening the pursuit of justice on the global forum now remains more important than ever.