On 9 and 10 July 2015, a high level seminar will be held in San Jose, Costa Rica, to raise awareness on the International Criminal Court (ICC) and to promote cooperation between the Court and States Parties to the Rome Statute. Government representatives from several countries in the region, including Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Guatemala and El Salvador will meet with representatives of the ICC and regional experts to discuss issues of mutual interest in the field of international criminal law.
The Seminar will be opened by the President of the ICC, Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, the Judge of the Inter-American Court and former ICC, Judge Elizabeth Odio Benito, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Costa Rica, Manuel González Sanz.
The International Criminal Court is an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole, namely the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. Latin American countries have been strong supporters of the establishment and functioning of the ICC. Of the current 123 States Parties to the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the ICC, 27 are from Latin America and the Caribbean.