The ICB was founded on June 15th 2002 at the Conference of Montreal. It held its first General Assembly in Berlin on March 21st and March 22nd 2003, which brought together over 400 people from over 50 countries.
The members of the Council of the ICB ensure excellent geographical representation with the presence of elected members from the five continents and different legal systems.
The ICB reunites national and regional Bar of Lawyers and major international lawyers associations that are extremely committed to the promotion of international criminal justice and with individual lawyers. The ICB also enriches the knowledge and experience of non-governmental organizations and has been fighting for many years for the creation of the ICC.
Our strong representation in the different legal systems increases year after year with each new accession, to the point that now, and after a painstaking work by members and associations to be the International Bar of lawyers with more territorial scope. We have worked together from the outset to sensitize the various governments on the need to implement an effective system of international criminal justice with the support of the international legal community, without ever forgetting the importance of defending the interests of the victims and the defense lawyers.
After more than 15 years working for a fair justice, we are in the privileged position of being the first association that has been able to discuss the creation of ReVision Project with the International Criminal Court, which aims to be one of our main concerns. The existence of an independent Bar Association of the ICC, but directly related with it is very important.
The International Criminal Bar (ICB) was founded on June 15th, 2002 at the Conference of Montreal, Canada. Its first General Assembly took place on the 21st and 22nd of March, 2003 in Berlin, Germany, with over 400 participants from over 50 countries.
Currently, the ICB is chaired by Roxanne Helme and David Lèvy, and it brings together national and regional bar associations and the most important international bar associations, as well as lawyers deeply committed to promote international criminal justice.
The ICB is also enriched with the knowledge and experience of non-government organizations from 48 countries. The key objective of ICB and its members is to represent the legal profession at three levels:
The ICB’s geographical representation, which brings together people from different legal systems, is increasing with each new membership.
To become an ICB member means to be a part of an international legal community, representing your country within the international forum, increasing our visibility in the ICC, and to have access to an international professional network.
Moreover, by virtue of its knowledge and experience, ICB aims to assist its members in the administrative maze in which sometimes the international criminal justice system can become.
In order to ensure that lawyers’ specializing in this matter (international criminal justice) can receive special training to practice before the International Criminal Court, the ICB organizes training programs with free on-line courses, on specific and useful topics.
Both, courses and seminars have a common element: universal justice, and in particular, international criminal justice.
The ICB also arranges languages courses (English and French) for lawyers, taking into account that these are the official languages of the ICC.
For victims of human rights violations (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, the crime of aggression), the ICB organizes seminars and conferences too.
We must highlight the fact that these training courses, seminars and conferences are free of charge, facilitating the access of participants to these programs.
The ExCo is the responsible for convening the meeting of the General Assembly, with the importance that this entails, it would have to promote the themes and decide whether the questions raised by individual members will be discussed in the General Assembly.
The Executive Committee shall be composed of seven members, taking the compulsory figures of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.
In the Executive Committee also lies the power of attorney of the ICB, through three members acting at the same time.
The Council intends to include the maximum of cultures, races and religions. This enables a total of 42 members divided according to their continent of origin. The residence time in the Council is of 4 years.
The council meets twice a year and is responsible for choosing the Executive Committee.
The Council has the responsibility of making the decisions taken at the General Assembly and to direct the activities of the Executive Committee.
The power of attorney according with the Statutes of the ICB, rests in the Council.
The ICB secretariat is created in 2002 in the same moment that the founding of the Bar. Currently it is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain. The main work of the secretariat is to keep in touch with members of ICB and be the benchmark for the doubts they may arise regarding our association and the ICC. The secretariat is also responsible for collecting dues from members, groups and associations linked to the ICB, and keep them informed about the Criminal Justice today, and so, thus further promoting an International Criminal Justice through various initiatives.