The Hague International Day

More than 800 people visited the International Criminal Court (ICC) headquarters at The Hague, Netherlands recently, when the ICC opened its doors to the public to mark “The Hague International Day.”

The visitors engaged with ICC representatives on a wide range of justice-related issues during an interactive tour, including the public gallery of the courtroom and other facilities around the ICC complex.

This year’s open day event was the first in the ICC’s new permanent premises, which officially opened in April this year.

ICC President Judge Sivlia Fernández: “The world has high expectations of the ICC, with good reason, and we are doing our very best to answer those expectations, by providing high-quality justice and fair and expeditious trials, while we also pay attention to the needs of victims and their communities.”

Women, men and children of different ages and nationalities, including Dutch nationals and members of the international community based in The Hague, had the opportunity to take a half-hour tour, visit the ICC Public Gallery and engage with ICC staff.

The visitors also learned about the roles of ICC judges, prosecution, defence, the legal representatives of victims and witnesses testifying before the ICC.

The Hague International Day is organised on a yearly basis by The Hague – the ICC’s host city and gives the public the opportunity to learn more about the functioning and aims of the various international institutions and non-governmental organisations based in the city.

The Hague has been hosting the ICC since 2002. The city and its surrounding area are home to 160 international organisations.