Tuesday, 17 July 2018

World Day for International Justice : 17 July

The world, today, celebrates International Justice Day. At a Review Conference of the Rome Statute that was held in Kampla in 2010,  July 17 was adopted as the day of International Justice

The story goes back to the adoption of "Rome Statue" - a treaty that created the International Court of Justice(ICC). On July 17, 1998, at a diplomatic conference in the city of Rome, the statue was  adopted and the same came into force on July 1, 2002. As of October 2017, there are over 123  states party to the statue.

This year marks the 20th year of adoption of the Rome statue. This year, ICC plans to raise  awareness and commemorate the 20th anniversary of the event. The website of the ICC mentions events like mock trials at the ICC which is headquartered in Hague, Netherlands. The event , also, mentions tree plantation ceremony, a musical performance and many others. 

This day is celebrated to reinforce the idea that the governments across the world will put in place mechanisms to protect its public against human rights violations. The day calls for states to come together and formulate policies to ensure justice for every individual of every country based on universally accepted parameters of human rights. 

With institutions like ICC and ICJ in place, the world seems to be moving in a better direction. In 2017, India nominated Mr. Dalveer Bhandari as the judge of ICJ. Mr. Bhandari later, formally, took oath as a judge of ICJ for a period of 9 years. India which is rising through the ranks as a global player received a shot in the arm with this initiative and endorsed India's stand of justice for all.

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