In November 2015, TDP was thrilled to welcome the Registrar at the International Criminal Court - Herman van Hebel. The International Criminal Court (ICC), governed by the Rome Statute, is the first permanent, treaty based, international criminal court established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community.
Prior to joining the ICC, Herman van Hebel was Deputy Registrar then Registrar of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (2009–2013). He also served as Deputy Registrar then Registrar of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (mid-2006 until 2009). From 2001 until 2006 he was senior legal officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
His background in international law and human rights, along with vast knowledge about diplomacy and international relations made it possible to imagine how “practicalities” can determine the proper functioning of the whole Court.
What made the talk truly unique were incredible stories about the establishment of the Court itself and about the management of trials in different parts of the world.
Even though after the meeting we better understood the challenges of the Registrar’s job, most importantly, we also vividly saw the excitement that comes with the opportunity to change the world.