First Singapore Seminar on the International Criminal Court

Posted by Sinapan Samydorai under Public Forums on 18 August 2004

A seminar on the International Criminal Court is being organized to increase knowledge and awareness of current developments in international law, and create understanding of the ICC among legal, academic communities, government officals and civil society leaders in Singapore.


Seminar on:

First Singapore Seminar on the International Criminal Court

Saturday, 28 August 2004. 1.00pm to 6.00pm

Venue: Asia-Europe Foundation,
31 Heng Mui Keng Terrace, Singapore 119614

Jointly Organized by:
Think Centre & Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development

In coordination with:
The NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court [CICC]


Assoc.Prof. Lakshmikanth Rao PENNA, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore; B. Com., LL.B.,LL.M. (Osmania), LL.M. (Stanford), D.I.&C.H.R. (Strasbourg), FSiArb (Singapore), Advocate and Solicitor, (Singapore), Advocate (India) is a consultant to the India Practice Group of the law firm of Lee & Lee.

Dr. Lyal Sunga, Director of the LLM Programme in Human Rights, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law; BA, LLB, LLM, PhD, is Associate Professor, Deputy Director, Centre for Comparative and Public Law at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law as well as Visiting Professor at the University of Geneva Faculty of Law's Centre for International Humanitarian Law.

Dr. Ilaria Bottigliero, Lecturer on International Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Her doctorate thesis examines the right to redress for victims of genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes. She has followed actively the various phases of the establishment of the ICC and has given presentations on victims' compensation in the ICC at numerous conferences and workshops.

Dr. Gothom Arya, Secretary General, Forum Asia, Thailand.Docteur-Ingénieur, Université de Paris, 1969.Registar of Asian Institute of Technology. Council Member, Pugwash conference on Sciences and World Affairs. (1995 Nobel Peace Prize)

Ms. Evelyn Serrano, Coordinator for Asia, NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC-Asia);

Mr. Sinapan Samydorai, President, Think Centre. He completed courses in International Human Rights Law and Diplomacy, Geneva Training Course 2001, and also Development, Law and Social Justice, Institute of Social Studies, Den Hague, The Netherlands, in 1997. He received his Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the American World University, USA, in 1993.


A seminar on the International Criminal Court is being organized to increase knowledge and awareness of current developments in international law, and create understanding of the ICC among legal and academic communities in Singapore. The seminar aims to introduce a new mechanism by the international community to address some of the worst human atrocities that were committed in countries such as Bosnia-Herzegovina and Rwanda. Participants will be encouraged to understand the Court and introduce Singapore's position on joining the ICC.

  Introduction: International Criminal Court (ICC)

The enforcement of the Rome Treaty for an International Criminal Court (ICC) in July 1, 2002, is a culmination of a dramatic series of significant events that now form part of the historic establishment of first permanent, independent International Criminal Court. The idea for such a Court was first raised after World War II's Nuremberg Trials, but the Cold War era quickly overshadowed these efforts and was not seriously taken up at the United Nations until after the end of the Cold War in the late1980s.

On July 17,1998 in Rome, the Statute of the International Criminal Court was overwhelmingly adopted by 120 countries and in only four years, the ICC has taken effect and will begin investigating its first case in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Court has eighteen (18) judges representing all major regions of the world. It is managed by the 94-member Assembly of States Parties, and has its own building, staff, structure, and financing. The Court is independent of the United Nations although there exists a cooperation agreement between them. The Court is permanent and shall take cognizance of cases when States Parties are unable or unwilling to prosecute crimes under its jurisdiction.

Considered as today, most advanced achievement in international criminal law, the Court ensures accountability for some of the most serious crimes in modern history. 

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