December 18, 2015
Distinguished Professor Linda Carter attended the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court meeting from Nov. 18 to 26, 2015 at the World Forum, The Hague, The Netherlands. At the comprehensive annual meeting of the representatives of the 123 States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC, Professor Carter served as Chief of the American Coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations for the International Criminal Court (AMICC) delegation to the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court. AMICC is based at Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights in New York City, and is convened by Mr. John Washburn, who served for many years in positions in the State Department and the United Nations. She spoke on two panels, one on how the European Union can assist NGOs to foster ratification of the Rome Statute and the work of the ICC and the other on the current relationship of the U.S. with the ICC.
Third-year McGeorge law students Sarah Kanbar and Alex McKay attended the meeting with Professor Carter, and served as members of the AMICC delegation. Sarah, Alex, and five students from the University of Minnesota and William Mitchell law schools took extensive notes for AMICC on the plenary sessions of the ASP and side events, which included panels, among others, on victims, gender crimes, the situation in Syria, African cases before the Court, evidence gathering in conflict areas, and a proposal for a defense bar association. The students were able to engage with members of NGOs from around the world. Attending the ASP was a chance to see the intersection of politics and justice at work.
While at The Hague, the group also met with McGeorge alumni and students who are currently in international internships: Jennie Johnson '15 (ICTY intern), Mariam Aboudamous '15 (Special Tribunal for Lebanon intern), and third-year law student Pat Ford (Loyens & Loeff law firm in Rotterdam intern).