With the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC), there is hope for the first time that very serious criminals will have to fear a conviction for individual offenses.

This court is the first permanent legal body that can hold individuals accountable for serious violations of human rights such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression. It is therefore one of the most important developments in human rights protection in the past 70 years.

UN Basic Information 43 “The International Criminal Court” explains the origin and background of the institution and explains its structure with the judge, jurisdiction and chief prosecutor. What crimes are being negotiated and punished, and what preliminary investigations and investigations are currently underway, as well as the criticism of and resistance to the court.