Sir Adrian Fulford, Britain’s first judge at the ICC, has expressed his concerns in a public lecture held at Chatham House concerning the ongoing restructuring project at the ICC. The planned restructuring exercise of the ICC’s Registrar, known as ReVision project, might leave defendants and victims “insufficiently represented while very considerable power remained with the prosecutor” according to Sir Fulford.
In his lecture Sir Fulford noted that without a doubt the participation of the defence and the victims “are two of the most important aspects of the work of the court” and stressed that the “ICC is at a crossroads as regards how the institution is going to provide representation.”
Sir Fulford expressed his concerns about the planned abolishment of the OPCD and CSS and about the new Defence Office, which is planned to be set up within the Registry “to exercise what is described as the Registrar’s duty to promote the rights of the defence.”
Acknowledging existing financial restraints, Sir Fulford nonetheless stressed that “the pursuit of financial discipline should not result in undermining two of the key participating bodies: the defendants accused of crimes and their alleged victims.” Sir Fulford noted that he feared for the ICC if they were diminished and if their “ability to engage with the court and with the Chambers during cases, to be represented to a high standard, and to be afforded a real measure of equal footing with the prosecution” was not ensured.
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