The Relationship between International Criminal Justice and Conflict Resolution: Focus on the International Criminal Court
December 12-13, 2005
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
San Diego, CA
This working meeting was designed to focus on the work of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the challenges facing it as it pursues justice in ongoing conflicts, and the opportunities for the ICC to enhance chances for peace. This meeting was convened as a follow-on to annual meetings previously held under the auspices of the Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Although we regretted that neither of the co-directors of that program were able to attend, Graham Dyson and Joyce Neu, members of that group, took part in this meeting.
From the perspective of the peacemaker, the meeting examined how peace processes function once the ICC takes a case. The case of Uganda, where indictments were issued in May and made public in October 2005, was examined as an exemplar of likely future cases facing the ICC (e.g., Darfur, the Democratic Republic of the Congo [DRC]). The goals of the meeting were to open a discussion on these issues and develop a number of proposals for consideration by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the ICC.