The International Criminal Court (ICC), situated in The Hague, is the only permanent international criminal court of last resort. The Court was established when the Rome Statute – the legal basis for creating the ICC – entered into force on 1 July 2002 after ratification by 60 countries. In the intervening years, the number of States Parties to the Rome Statute has more than doubled, presently standing at 123 countries.
Through building understanding and cooperation with countries worldwide, the ICC has become a reality stemming from a groundbreaking idea of an international criminal court holding to account those who commit the most heinous crimes.
The Principals of the ICC – the President Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, the Prosecutor Dr Fatou Bensouda and the Registrar Mr Herman von Hebel – will be presented with the Stockholm Human Rights Award on behalf of the Court on 20 November 2017 at Berwaldhallen, Stockholm.