On November 1, 2018, the Handa Center for Human Rights & International Justice recently hosted our Annual Lecture on International Justice: a distinguished panel representing the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Trust Fund for Victims.
The Trust Fund works to address the harms caused to victims of mass atrocities, or crimes that would fall under the ICC’s jurisdiction, by implementing reparations. The Fund provides much-needed physical, psychological and material support for victims, their families, and communities, yet is almost entirely funded through voluntary contributions.
Judge Noguchi told the audience that victims are still waiting for actual benefits. “It takes victims much longer than they suppose” it will take to get their benefits and judgments.
Erin Rosenberg noted the ICC was designed to intervene in ongoing conflicts. This means that partners are tasked with implementing reparations in a place where there is conflict. This greatly affects the Trust Fund’s ability to implement them. She discussed hazards of the job, saying “any time someone from TFV shows up in a town that has been investigated, there’s a chance of being robbed,” because some people may assume they have cash payments on-hand.
Professor Michelini commented that the victim is not simply the beneficiary of a monetary award the Trust Fund thought they should have, but rather they are a participant in a process of making their voices heard.
The Handa Center thanks John Rough for the generous support he provided for this lecture, and Stanford Law School for the use of their space.