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Posted by: Global on :02/20/13

The sponsors of the Philadelphia Global initiative on the Rule of Law would like to thank the audience, panel members, moderators and promotional partners who have contributed to the great success of our second event “Procedural & Jurisdictional Challenges” on November 8th at Temple University Beasley School of Law.

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Posted by: Global on :01/13/13

By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer (from

She was a guest of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, but it wasn't royal connections that landed Philadelphia lawyer Enid H. Adler at the Hague.

It was her years of work in helping to create a forum where others might seek justice.

Adler's life as a teacher, journalist, and advocate for people fleeing persecution drove her to help establish the International Criminal Court, founded in 2002 for the prosecution of war crimes across the globe.

Adler, semiretired and battling cancer, traveled to the Netherlands to take part in the official ceremonies last month marking the 10th anniversary of a permanent, independent, international court. » Read More
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Posted by: Global on :12/13/12

Video Address from Judge Song (ICC) for our event on September 10th
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Posted by: Global on :10/07/12

Jerome J. Shestack, Esq.
1923- 2011

Jerry Shestack was the consummate Philadelphia Lawyer, mentor, domestic and world humanitarian. He was, for over 50 years, a champion of national and international human rights, in his profession and in service to the United Nations and U.S. Presidents since John F. Kennedy. » Read More
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Posted by: Global on :09/10/12

Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane

(Picture from AMICC)
Ten years after the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court entered into force in 2002, how is the ICC working for the U.S. and international community in bringing war criminals to justice? What are its successes and strengths? What are its failures and shortcomings? Has the ICC changed international diplomacy, and if so, how? Has the existence/operation of the ICC changed U.S. policy and diplomacy? What could the next 10 years of the ICC look like? Joining us to assess the International Criminal Court’s first decade are three of the speakers at a Philadelphia Global Initiative event tonight: AMBASSADOR STEPHEN J. RAPP, who leads the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Criminal Justice; AMBASSADOR CHRISTIAN WENAWESER, permanent representative of Liechtenstein to the United Nations and immediate past-president of the Assembly of States Parties of the ICC; and JOHN L. WASHBURN, convener for the American Non-Governmental Organizations Coalition for the International Criminal Court (AMICC) and co-chair of the Washington Working Group on the International Criminal Court (WICC). Listen to the Podcast.
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Posted by: Global on :09/10/12

Statement by NGO Coalition for the ICC, September 2012

The International Criminal Court (ICC) investigates and prosecutes the worst perpetrators of the most serious crimes of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. It is now fully functioning and has successfully completed its first case. It convicted Thomas Lubanga Dyilo of the Democratic Republic of the Congo of child soldier crimes on March 14, 2012. Sixteen cases in seven situations have been brought before the ICC since the Rome Statute treaty’s entry into force on July 1, 2002. » Read More
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Posted by: Global on :09/10/12

By Michael E. Scullin (Article from the Philadelphia Bar Reporter)

There is a new initiative in Philadelphia to promote professional and public education about the International Criminal Court and the global embrace, in many different forms, of a culture of the Rule of Law.

The International Law Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Temple University Beasley School of Law and the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia have developed a program of activities to educate and raise awareness of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and its implications in the many aspects of legal practice. This ad hoc working group has styled its effort as the Philadelphia Global Initiative on the Rule of Law. » Read More
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Posted by: Global on :07/25/12

This year, we celebrate the 225th anniversary of the US Constitution. Philadelphians should be proudly participating, as this truly revolutionary document was crafted and signed right here in our city. We should be proud not only of the way the Constitution laid the basis for our democracy, but especially for how it has allowed us to build democracy through the rule of law. Beyond the Bill of Rights, the legacy of the Constitution is the independence of the judiciary, the accountability of all before the law and the system of enforcement of that accountability.

That legacy is going viral worldwide as witnessed by the fact that 2012 is the third year that we celebrate July 17 as the “World Day for International Justice.” On that day in 1998, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC) was signed in Rome and the process of fighting impunity for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and large scale aggression became institutionalized. On July 1, 2002, the treaty took effect, and the ICC started its work. » Read More
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Posted by: Global on :07/17/12