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A Brief History of Canada and the International Criminal Court

An interactive timeline on Canada’s involvement with the court.

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12 April, 2012
By: Anouk Dey
Former deputy editor of

Ten years ago yesterday, the International Criminal Court (ICC) came into being. The Rome Statute required 60 ratifications to bring the Court to fruition and, on April 11, 2002, the 60th ratification was earned, giving the international body the jurisdiction to try acts of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity from that date onward. Shortly thereafter, Canadian Philippe Kirsch was elected president of the ICC. Canada had played a crucial role in the establishment of the ICC and continued to throughout its first few years. Recently, however, Canada’s role has waned. On the 10th anniversary, we celebrate Canada’s contribution to the ICC.

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