Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

Victims and the International Criminal Court

  • Ilaria Bottigliero
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_326



This entry reviews the treatment of victims in the International Criminal Court, including the victims’ participation and reparation regime; the establishment of a Trust Fund for Victims, the institution of an office of Public Counsel for Victims, state cooperation procedures, and relevant jurisprudence.


The treatment of victims in the International Criminal Court (ICC) represents a substantial innovation in the field of victims’ redress under international law. It marks a significant departure from traditional interstate approaches to individual claims for breach of an international legal obligation based on classical principles of state responsibility, towards a more comprehensive regime in which individual victims have a right under international law to seek and obtain reparations directly from individuals found responsible for genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, or the crime of aggression. Unlike the Nuremberg and Tokyo...

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Recommended Reading and References

  1. Bottigliero I (2004) Redress for victims of crimes under international law. Martinus Nijhoff, The HagueGoogle Scholar
  2. International Criminal Court, http://www.icc-cpi.int
  3. Schabas W (2004) An introduction to the international criminal court, 2nd edn. Cambridge University Press, CambridgeGoogle Scholar
  4. Sunga LS (1997) The emerging system of international criminal law: developments in codification and implementation. Kluwer Law International, The HagueGoogle Scholar
  5. Trust Fund for Victims, http://www.trustfundforvictims.org/

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Development Law Organization (IDLO)RomeItaly