GIMPA Law Faculty to host ICC President in three-day Ghana tour

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President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Piotr Hofmanski, will pay a three-day working visit to Ghana, his office has announced.

The visit will commence on Monday 26 through to Wednesday 28 September 2022, culminating in a public lecture at the law faculty of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).

The visit of the ICC President to Ghana is to honour an invitation extended to him by Dr. Kwaku Agyeman-Budu, then head of law centres, but now, the Dean of the GIMPA law faculty, on 15 September 2021, during his visit to the ICC President’s office in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Invitation extended

In a meeting with Dr. Agyeman-Budu, during his visit to The Hague last year, the President of the ICC, Judge Piotr Hofmanski, affirmed the ICC’s position to pursue the terms of the MoU that the ICC signed with the African Centre of International Criminal Justice (ACICJ) at GIMPA law faculty, of which Dr. Agyeman-Budu was the head.

The ICC President indicated that, like his immediate predecessor, the Nigerian judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, he looks forward to honouring the invitation extended to him to visit Ghana in 2022 and to deliver a public lecture on international criminal justice at the annual ACICJ public lecture series at the GIMPA law faculty.

It will be recalled that on 15 October 2019, the then President of the ICC, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, at the invitation of Dr. Agyeman-Budu and the ACICJ, delivered a public lecture at GIMPA, which was attended by His Excellency the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

ICC and ACICJ

The International Criminal Court (ICC) and the African Centre of International Criminal Justice (ACICJ), at the GIMPA Faculty of Law, have an existing arrangement which allows the two institutions to co-operate closely in the fight against impunity on the African continent.

The aim of the arrangement is to deepen understanding and appreciation of the role and work of the ICC within the international criminal law and justice architecture.

GIMPA and ICC signing a MoU at The Hague in 2019
The agreement was signed by representatives of the two institutions on 6 December 2019 in The Hague, on the sidelines of the Assembly of State Parties (ASP), which took place that month.

The new relationship which was instituted between the ICC and the ACICJ at GIMPA will lead to the development of courses focusing on international criminal law, participation in the ICC internship programme by GIMPA students, and participation in the ICC visiting professionals programme by GIMPA students and faculty.

It will also promote the exchange of speakers and collaborative initiatives such as lectures, seminars, events, research and surveys. The agreement is for a five-year period and is subject to renewal by the two entities after the initial period lapses.

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