Victim Defence

Lawyers admitted to the List of Counsel at the International Criminal Court (ICC)

responsibility to protect (universal principal)

a state has a responsibility to protect its population from mass atrocities, the international community has a responsibility to assist the state if it is unable to protect its population on its own. if the state fails to protect its citizens from mass atrocities and peaceful measures have failed, the international community has the responsibility to intervene through coercive measures such as economic sanctions. military intervention is considered the last resort.

ICC Director Trust Fund for Victims:

"The perpetrator pays.

This is the financial construction for reparations at the heart of the Rome Statute. And we believe it should stay there. The potential of the Court - and of the States Parties - to obtain assets of the accused for the purpose of reparations to victims, must be fully used". "We urge the States Parties to assist the Court in further developing its capacity to trace, freeze and seize the assets that eventually benefit victims in a reparations phase".

"She pointed out that the Rome Statute's principle that "the perpetrator pays" for reparations should not be an empty phrase and called upon the Court and States Parties to intensify efforts to identify and freeze assets of persons accused before the ICC, for the eventual purpose of financing Court-ordered reparations."