By Joyce Boahemaa Fosu
The African Centre of International Criminal Justice (ACICJ), GIMPA recently hosted the President of Ghana H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji when the latter delivered ACICJ’s Inaugural Annual Lecture in International Criminal Justice.
Delivering the lecture, Judge Eboe-Osuji emphasized that the Court’s deterrent effect is one of its most significant values to the international community.
“There are many reasons to insist that the mere existence of this permanent judicial mechanism for accountability does truly serve as an inconvenient obstacle to the freewill of those inclined to commit crimes of atrocity”, he said.
He also underscored ICC’s value to economic and human development, given that the Court’s Statute criminalises conducts which are conducive or inherent to armed conflict and its destructive effects on society.
Judge Eboe-Osuji used the opportunity to thank Ghana for its strong support of the ICC as well as to emphasize the Court’s multifaceted value to humanity.
Addressing the event as a special guest, the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, said that despite controversies surrounding the functioning of the ICC, there was “little doubt that the emergence of the Court filled a significant and important void in the global architecture for accountability for evil on a mass scale”.
He stressed that there is a “compelling need for the reach of the Court to be universal”, and assured that “Ghana remains committed to its obligations under the Rome Statute and the work of the ICC”.
President Akufo-Addo lauded GIMPA for continually striving to be a Centre of Excellence in tertiary education and urged it to initiate more of such lectures.
The African Centre for International Criminal Justice (ACICJ) is a Centre attached to the Faculty of Law, GIMPA.