The court was set up to try those suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

“President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree outlining Russia’s intention to not be a member state of the Statute of Rome which established the International Criminal Court,” said Russia’s Foreign Ministry in a statement.

“We were never members of the ICC,” a ministry official told the AFP agency. “We signed the statute but have never ratified it. We are withdrawing our signature so the obligations linked to that will henceforth be withdrawn.”

Three African countries – Gambia, South Africa and Burundi – have recently announced their intention to withdraw from the ICC.

The US and China have never been members.

Coalition for the International Criminal Court


The ICB wishes to inform you of the Official Announcement of the Master on International Criminal Justice created with the Rovira i Virgili University

4Th International Meeting Of Defence Offices

25 & 26 November 2016 London, United Kingdom



Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

Dear Madam, Sir,

The Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon thank you again for your participation in the Fourth International Meetings of Defence Offices which were held in London, on 25th and 26th of November 2016.

Please find attached the Summary report of the Meetings in French, English and Arabic. 

You will also find attached the questionnaire on Defence Investigations, which we thank you for completing in the language of your choice, and sending back to us, if you have not already done so. As Johann said during the Meetings,your answers will be very useful in that they will illustrate the Guide to Investigations with concrete examples from you experience.

Thank you again for your participation and we hope to see you again in Nuremberg for the Fifth Meetings in 2017.

Kind regards,