The Review Conference of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court will be held from 31 May to 11 June 2010 in Kampala, Uganda. This blog aims to provide readers with information about the Conference, to publish relevant documents as they become available, and to serve as a forum for observers and participants who wish to communicate their views on the issues as they unfold.
The editor of the blog, who will be attending the entire conference, will produce a diary of the Conference on a regular basis.
Although many followers of the Court have long believed that the Review Conference would generate many amendments to the Rome Statute, both in terms of procedure and substance, this looks increasingly unlikely. The big issue is the crime of aggression, whose full incorporation in the Statute seems promised by article 5. The other amendments likely to be considered are not very significant: whether to leave or remove an essentially anodine provision (art. 124) that allows States to 'opt out' of jurisdiction over war crimes; extending prohibitions of certain classic weapons, which are in any event of no consequence in modern armed conflict, so as to cover non-international as well as international armed conflict.
In addition, the Conference will provide a venue for 'stocktaking'. A series of panels will address the following issues:
3. The impact of the Rome Statute on victims and affected communities.
4. Peace and justice.