Advancing the Impact of Victim Participation at the International Criminal Court: Developing Avenues for Collaboration

The ICCBA and the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford Faculty of Law embarked on a joint project, ‘Advancing the Impact of Victim Participation at the International Criminal Court: Developing Avenues for Collaboration’, which was funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council. From 2018 to 2020, Dr Rudina Jasini and Professor Carolyn Hoyle from the University of Oxford led the (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Award (IAA) project in cooperation with the International Criminal Court Bar Association (ICCBA).

The aim of the project was to create a platform for exchanging knowledge and co-designing resources for the education and training of legal practitioners at the International Criminal Court (ICC). As part of this project, on 31 May and 1 June 2018, the Centre and the ICCBA hosted a workshop and training session on victim participation at the ICC in The Hague. This event brought together distinguished scholars and practitioners, and offered a forum for intellectually engaging discussions on the role and implications of the victim participation mechanism at the ICC. On 4 October 2018, a one-day expert workshop on victim participation was held in Oxford at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Mansfield College. The workshop focused on specific aspects of victim participation, including theoretical and jurisprudential developments on reparation, presentation of evidence, as well as the ethical, psychological and practical considerations concerning victim testimony at the ICC. As part of this project, a professional publication "Advancing the Impact of Victim Participation at the International Criminal Court: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice', was developed, offering the most up-to-date theoretical and jurisprudential developments of victim participation. The publication was launched via Webinar on 30 November 2020.

Further information regarding the project is available at the links below:

https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/content/advancing-victim-participation-international-criminal-court-icc-impact-story

https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/centres-institutes/centre-criminology/advancing-impact-victim-participation-international-criminal

https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/news/2018-10-30-watch-workshop-advancing-impact-victim-participation-international-criminal-court

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