The EU views the International Criminal Court (ICC) as the cornerstone in the fight against impunity and to help victims of atrocities to achieve justice.

The EU is resolved to continue protecting the independence of the Court and the integrity of the Rome Statute. The EU promotes the national implementation of the Rome Statute and its principle of complementarity, in particular by strengthening national justice systems. The EU also encourages the universal ratification of the Rome Statute and full cooperation with the Court.

ICC and Rome Statute 25th Anniversary

Together, we can build a more just world


Guided by the principles of the Rome Statute set out 25 years ago, today the International Criminal Court (ICC) conducts fair trials, upholds defendants' rights, protects witnesses, and ensures victims' voices are heard.

ICC cases have addressed crimes including using child soldiers, murder, rape, attacks on civilians, attacks on cultural heritage, and more. In cases ending in conviction, Judges ordered reparations for victims.

With support from over 120 States Parties, the Rome Statute system is making justice happen, helping rebuild people's lives, and forging a path to stability and lasting peace.

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    Angle on the ICC building in The Hague, Netherlands on a sunny day

    ICC courthouse, The Hague, Netherlands