ICC Regional Seminar Holds in Yaounde, Cameroon

The seminar was held between the 4th and 8th October 2010 with the theme “Shared perspectives on the outlook and challenges of international criminal justice: the International Criminal Court and national courts”.

It was organized by the International Criminal Court (ICC) with the support of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice of Cameroon.

Participants included legal professionals from eight francophone countries in central Africa precisely; representatives of the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Justice, national bar associations and civil society organizations from Burundi, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon and Rwanda.

The afore mentioned participants met with senior representatives of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and other international experts on various themes regarding the place of the ICC  in the international criminal justice system, its mandate and structure, the principles governing its jurisdiction, and the rights of the parties and participants in its proceedings. The aimed was to raise awareness of the Court’s mandate and jurisdiction, as well as its activities and functioning.

The seminar also aimed at laying the foundation for continuous dialogue as well as establishing a network for the exchange of information between the Court and the participants in this conference to promote sustained and lasting cooperation.

At the end of the Regional Training Seminar ICC Registrar Ms. Silvana Arbia congratulated the participants, saying: “you have just confirmed that the Court, your Court, is not a foreign Court…it forms an integral part of national judicial systems”.

Ms Silvana Arbia also thanked the Ministry of Justice of Cameroon, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Organization Internationale de la Francophonie for their vital assistance in organizing the Seminar. The registrar also emphasized the special relationship between Cameroon and the Court.

It should be noted that Cameroon regularly responds positively to the Court’s requests for cooperation, and is always ready to host seminars.

Larry Bate Takang




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