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International Criminal Court

The United Nations Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court opened a five week session on June 15, 1998, in Rome, Italy.

The United Nations Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court opened a five week session on June 15, 1998, in Rome, Italy. —UN Photo/Evan Schneider

July 17, 1998

The Rome Statute establishes the International Criminal Court (ICC), the first permanent judicial body set up to try genocide and war crimes in The Hague.

The Rome Statute is so named because it was adopted in Rome, Italy, on July 17, 1998 by the United Nations Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court.