Cour pénale internationale

Un quart de siècle de lutte contre l’impunité: quelles perspectives d’avenir pour la Cour pénale internationale?

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À quelques semaines du 25e anniversaire de l’adoption du Statut de Rome de la Cour pénale internationale, la première juridiction internationale permanente ayant pour mandat de lutter contre l’impunité des crimes internationaux a déjà parcouru une longue route, non sans difficulté.

Les chemins qu’elle empruntera à l’avenir ne s’annoncent pas sans écueils. Pourra-t-elle offrir une justice aux victimes des crimes commis en Ukraine ? Osera-t-elle jouer un rôle pour protéger l’environnement et responsabiliser les personnes morales ? Réussira-t-elle à convaincre suffisamment pour incarner l’universalité tant souhaitée tout en préservant son indépendance à l’égard des puissances d’aujourd’hui et de demain ? Comment devra-t-elle innover pour s’adapter aux défis du prochain quart de siècle ?

Cette conférence est l’occasion de discuter avec les personnes intervenantes des défis que la Cour pénale internationale devra relever à court et moyen termes.

Personnes intervenantes

Organisations responsables

Clinique de droit international pénal et humanitaire 
Chaire de recherche du Canada sur la justice internationale et les droits fondamentaux
Partenariat canadien pour la justice internationale

Inscription obligatoire gratuite (lien à venir)

Date: 19 mai 2023
Heure: 11h30 à 13h
Lieu: DKN-2419 (et par Zoom)

Earth Day Forum – Ecocide as an International Crime? Global and Canadian perspectives


Did you know? Support for recognition of an international crime of “Ecocide” – or mass damage and destruction of ecosystems – has been steadily gaining traction at a global level.

By June 2021, an expert panel of international lawyers, convened by the Stop Ecocide Foundation, will have developed a definition of ecocide as a crime that could be enshrined in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, alongside genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.

Stop Ecocide Canada and the Stop Ecocide Foundation, along with the Canadian Partnership for International Justice, the Canada Research Chair on International Criminal Justice and Human Rights, the International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic, and Université Laval’s Faculty of Law will convene an Earth Day Forum to discuss global and Canadian perspectives on the crime of ecocide.

Join us on 22 April 2021 at 12pm (UTC-4) – Earth Day – for a virtual conversation with panelists including:

  • Lisa Oldring, Co-Chair of the event, Law and Policy Advisor, Stop Ecocide Canada
  • Fannie Lafontaine, Co-Chair of the event, Full Professor, Faculty of Law, Université Laval
  • Jojo Mehta, Co-founder and Executive Director, Stop Ecocide International;
  • Darryl Robinson, Full Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University;
  • Géraud De Lassus Saint-Geniès, Assistant Professor, Faculté de droit, Université Laval.

The Forum will create an initial space for exchange, between academics and practitioners from different disciplines in Canada, on the potential contribution of an international crime of ecocide to long-term ecosystem protection efforts.

Event Registration: https://www.cdiph.ulaval.ca/fr/ecocide

The event will also be streamed on Facebook by the event’s organizers.

Watch replay on Facebook Live.

Conference “Who’s Afraid of the ICC?”


The conference “Who’s Afraid of the ICC?” was held at the I-Courts, in Copenhagen (Denmark) by the Faculty of  law of the Copenhagen University.

Professor Frédéric Mégret gave a presentation on “When Might International Criminal Justice Actually Encourage Crime?”.

CPIJ urges the ICC to investigate atrocities perpetrated by former DRC President Kabila  

By Press Releases

On June 17, 2020, the Canadian Partnership for International Justice submitted a letter to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), urging it to investigate former President Joseph Kabila and senior officials from his government for atrocities perpetrated in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The letter, which was also signed by 17 other civil society organizations and experts, echoes the voices of Congolese and international human rights organizations, who have been calling for the ICC to act. 

Although the Office of the Prosecutor has previously investigated and prosecuted a handful of perpetrators of international crimes in the DRC, it has yet to seriously address the role and responsibility of former President Kabila and relevant government officials in the commission of atrocities including killings, arbitrary detentions, torture, sexual violence, enforced disappearances, and persecution. Ongoing impunity for these crimes has contributed to a climate of fear and an alarming escalation of violence in the DRC, amid rumours that Kabila is planning to return to power.   

It is time for the ICC to act and to fulfil its commitment of fighting against impunity by effectively investigating these crimes, without delay. 

Read the full letter here.

The reply of the Office of the Prosecutor is available here.

19th Assembly of State Parties to the International Criminal Court: Call for applications

By News, Student News, Upcoming Events

Each year between 2016 and 2021, the Canadian Partnership for International Justice (CPIJ) sets up and funds a delegation of Canadian students, headed by academics and practitioners from various academic institutions and NGOs, to attend the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the International Criminal Court (ICC). This major event takes place in The Hague or in New York at the end of each year.

Through this activity, CPIJ trains a cohort of students who are educated, engaged and networked in international and transnational law. The Partnership also aims at training and educating diverse Canadian audiences about the challenges, pitfalls and potential of the system of international justice, and about the priorities to improve the system. Through its action, CPIJ also enhances Canada’s role as a global leader in the fight against impunity.

The 19th ICC ASP will take place from 7 to 17 December 2020. The training of the delegation for this ASP will be spread out throughout the year until the event. The recruited students may have to:

  • report on the ASP, its side-events and on Canada’s participation as a State Party with respect to various themes (such as sexual and gender-based crimes, complementarity, cooperation, elections, budget, etc.);
  • tweet and live tweet;
  • organize conferences or events at their institution;
  • write short papers and blog posts;
  • support the Partnership’s partners in implementing their ASP programs;
  • connect with professionals working in international criminal law;
  • visit relevant international institutions.

Applications for the 19th ASP are accepted until September 1, 2020.



  • Availability between now and the ASP in December to prepare the mission;
  • Availability to attend the ASP;
  • Availability to report on the ASP before, during and after the ASP;
  • Being able to get a visa for and to fly to the United States before the ASP.

The ASP is a very demanding activity. Members of the delegation are requested to work long hours throughout the day. It is strongly recommended that students avoid other kinds of deadlines during or shortly after the ASP.


Evaluation criteria

  • Cycle of studies: priority is given to master or higher degree;
  • Link between the applicant and a team member or organization involved in the Partnership;
  • Link between the ASP/ICC and the field of study, the professional goals and the other academic/scientific activities of the applicant;
  • Availability to prepare the mission, to attend the ASP and to report on it thereafter;
  • Fluency and good writing command in English or French (bilingualism an asset);
  • Priority is given to applicants who have never received funding from the Partnership.


How to apply

Your application must include:

  • Your resume;
  • Transcripts;
  • A copyof your passport ;
  • A blog post or other legal dissertation of at least 1000 words in English or French;
  • A motivation letter explaining how your application meets the evaluation criteria. You are strongly invited to write few paragraphs of your motivation letter in French if your application is in English and vice-versa.

Please upload your application and fill in the application form below before September 1, 2020.


For further information, write to:

Érick Sullivan/Catherine Savard
Co-coordinators of the Canadian Partnership for International Justice