Eighteen Human Rights Lawyers Coming Together at the ICC.  
Monday, May 13, 2019 at 12:45PM
Jack Rice in Editorial, icc, trial advocacy

As I pack for another trip, this one to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, it feels very different. I'm one of 18 lawyers from all over the world who are coming together to work on trial advocacy work and to learn how to better address issues in international human rights and justice. I recognize that the ICC is far from perfect and aspects of what they do are troubling and the speed with which they operate and the individuals whom they decide to prosecute also make me scratch my head. Nevertheless, the intent and the true lack of an alternative brings me back to this place.

The lawyers with whom I am lucky enough to stand beside intimidate and inspire me. They are from everywhere; Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Venezuela, Lebanon, Ukraine, France, Morocco, Kenya, New Zealand, Australia and more.  And honestly, it isn't where they are from as much as their accomplishments in their home countries as well as throughout the world.  They've worked previously at the ICC as prosecutors, in the Tribunals in Lebanon, Yugoslavia  as elsewhere. To call it impressive really isn't enough. They are prosecutors, defense attorneys, human rights advocates, everything.

Over the next few days, I may write a little about what I'm working on and about some of these amazing people. I hope to make my own contributions but to be honest, I really believe that I will gain far more from these brains and hearts.  I hope to take you a little bit of a peak behind the curtain.  Damn this is going to be fun.

Hope you can tag along as I step into the International Criminal Court. 

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